My previously long commute lead to me reading quite a few books over the past few years. I suppose most all of them are non-fiction. Heck, a lot of them probably fall under the self-help category. Recently, I listened to an interview of Neil Pasricha, specifically talking about his new book, The Happiness Equation. Flash forward a few weeks later and I've bought and read the book.
The book really helped me highlight and shape a lot of things I am already doing, but highlighted one major item I've struggled with previously - charity. Neil discusses a study in which students perform five acts of kindness each week. I've previously thought about and have performed random acts of kindness, but have done nothing on a regular basis.
But that's about to change. I've decided to do one (yes one, not five) pre-mediated act of kindness each week. And you may ask why? And well, the answer is simple. I'm doing it for me. I will do one nice thing each week for another friend, family member, stranger or animal each week and see if it has an effect on me. Yup, for me - to help keep my perspective on what is important and reinforce the journey I seek.
I'll write about my first charity act next week. Until then I've posted a bit more about me in the About page and some photos from my Instagram feed in the Photos page.
Paul in Amsterdam.