Daily Archives: May 17, 2011

Be Kind: Doctor’s Orders

Where would we be without the all-knowing Mayo Clinic? From abdominal pain to Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, this is your go-to medical site. (It’s definitely mine; in my freelance work I write quite a lot of health articles, and good ol’ Mayo rarely lets me down.)

This month the news bureau released a list of “10 Tips for Better Health” in the latest issue of its Mayo Clinic Health Letter. So these top-notch medical experts decided to hand-pick, from the smorgasbord that is online health information, what they figure to be the top 10 things we should all be doing to benefit our bodies and minds.

Yes, there’s the predictable advice on eating fibre and being active. That part is just what you’d expect, and what your mom (who’s also all-knowing, by the way) always told you.

But here’s what’s got me pumped: A full five of the tips – that’s half the list – have to do with kindness, positivity and giving. Look after a pet, the Mayo Clinic suggests. Be a positive thinker. And while you’re at it, forgive your loved ones, do volunteer work and be thankful for what you have.

All of these health strategies are backed by research and will make you feel better, live longer and experience less stress.

Well. If a collection of North America’s most well-regarded docs are pushing it, you know it’s gotta be good. Who was it that said laughter was the best medicine? It seems quite a few other things that make you smile are good for more than just your soul.