At the end of patient visits I always ask if they have any questions. One question I get every once in a while is “What is the meaning of Life?” to which I always respond the same way, “the meaning of life is to help other people and the planet.” Stop complaining about life and start helping people. Researchers have shown that people who complain are more likely to get Alzheimer’s. I have noticed that the biggest complainers are the people that watch the news and use social media. Perform an experiment and stop watching the news and using social media for two weeks and you will see how much better you will feel.
Even if you have no money, you can help the world and your communities. When I was at Emory University, President Jimmy Carter had a program called Habitat for Humanity where the college students would help the less fortunate by actually building them houses. When I was in chiropractic school, students would go to foreign countries called Mission Trips to give chiropractic adjustments to children and adults who were in need of care. People would wait in line for hours and the students would adjust hundreds of people a day and help them with many various health problems.
If you are fortunate to have a little money you can help in so many ways. Many third world countries do not even have clothes, shoes or socks. Families cannot afford books, pencils or paper, and as a result they just decide to not even send their kids to school. Hospitals cannot afford scalpels, knives and bandages so patients are required to bring their own supplies. There are delivery services that provide these big boxes and you can buy all of these materials and supplies at the Dollar Tree and send it little communities around the world for as little as $100.
However, the more money you make, the more people you can help. Find something that you are passionate about and help people in your way. Also perform little acts of kindness every day, whether it’s opening the door for someone, picking up something that someone dropped, letting someone cut in front of you in line, walking an elderly woman across the street or even giving the supermarket employee a 5 dollar tip. This will create a “pay it forward” mentality and this will help change your communities in positive ways. The less you complain and the more you give, the better your brain functions and the less likely you are to get Alzheimer’s disease.
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