I’ve been giving blood for a number of years now, actually they love me, because I have great veins – I don’t meant to skite, but its true! Every time I go there, I feel good – its like an act of kindness I can easily contribute to society. I think the last time I was there, I read that one donation can help save 9 lives – not bad for an hour of your time.
This week is National Blood Donor Week and I just wanted to spread the word that blood donation is important and also that because it is an act of kindness, it is really is good for our own health too.
You know that satisfying feeling you get when you have done something kind, for example, when you help someone older than you pick up the dropped groceries or help a mum who clearly has had better days and is rushing to get home… yep, that feeling!
There is a reason for it is oxytocin release. I did even find some research for you to support my story, so, as according to http://www.randomactsofkindness.org
Witnessing acts of kindness produces oxytocin, occasionally referred to as the ‘love hormone’ which aids in lowering blood pressure and improving our overall heart-health. Oxytocin also increases our self-esteem and optimism, which is extra helpful when we’re in anxious or shy in a social situation.
Obviously there is eligibility criteria you need to meet before you give blood, and no, there isn’t monetary payment in return (because its an act of kindness ;-)), but you should check it out the details this National Blood Donor Week at http://www.donateblood.com.au
Oh and just so you know, those biscuits – they really are the best biscuit you will ever taste – a reward for being so kind!
So, then, next time you know you are going to have an hour to spare, you can make an appointment to help save some lives too, pretty cool, huh?!