I am reading a fabulous book about the benefits of giving – Why Good Things Happen to Good People: How to Live a Longer, Healthier and Happier Life by the Simple Act of Giving by Stephen Post and Jill Neimark. There are wonderful, quantifiable benefits for those that do kind acts for others. I just love this book and seem to be mentioning it to everyone I speak to.
My friend Lisa, just shared a fabulous “giving” story with me. She was driving on the expressway one day and let someone in the lane in front of her. The guy opened his window and gave her the peace sign. She laughed and thought this was so great. The next day, while driving, someone was drifting into her lane and she honked her horn at him. Lisa said “I have a convertible and heard him call me a not-very-nice name that started with a ‘B’. I then gave him the peace sign. A little while later, we both came up to a stop light and I looked over at him to see what his response would be. The guy smiled and gave me the peace sign back. This was such a rush!” Lisa turned this guy’s road rage into road rush and they both were so much happier for it!
Every since I heard this story I am giving out the peace sign while I drive. Actually, I am looking for opportunities to do this because I think it is so much fun. Yesterday on Good Morning America I heard that excessive anger can cause heart problems – Who knows…giving someone the peace sign and making them smile might actually save someone’s life!