Good deed = Good health.

I was looking at my calendar a couple of days ago and had a sudden hot flash like symptom.

Probably a quick shot of adrenaline or quite possibly just stress creating a sudden surge in my blood pressure due to all my different meetings and deadlines..

I had a Colonel that would always tell me, "Tomás you need to be able to give ulcers not get them."

That Colonel had a way with the troops - not quite my approach.

So having led troops in various stressful activities back in the 80's ,I definitely understand stress.

Having also studied medicine I know that there are two main kinds of stress, the very short term or acute kind or the longer termed type called chronic stress.

No one is exempt from experiencing stress.

Whether it is everyday hassles, such as being stuck in traffic, or such as a traumatic experiences, stress plays a part in all of our lives.

Acute type of stress can come from something as simple as watching a very scary movie, too many to-do's and not enough time to do them in, unexpected loud noises, even sudden prestige or status loss, boredom, an embarrassing or uncontrollable situations, physical illness, surgery, and traumatic experiences.

The other type or chronic type comes from insomnia, daily "hassles", work overload, marital strain or social isolation.

Of course, many more things can cause stress, but these are the stressors most commonly seen.

There is really no way to predict how we will respond to stress.

Emotionally, stress can lead to feelings of depression, anxiety, and anger.

The way respond to challenges are in great part due to genetics, our upbringing, developmental and environmental influences, and our life experiences.

While some of us may cope well with stress, and are able to rise up against our challenges and meet our goals.

Others aren't so lucky and may be more adversely affected by stress, that can lead to mental as well as physical fatigue.

A lot of research leads us to believe that stress has a significant affect on our immune system.

It raises catecholamine and CD8 levels, which suppresses our immune system.

This sudden suppression in our bodies, raises the risk of viral infection.

Stress also leads to the release of histamines, which can trigger severe broncoconstriction in asthmatics.

Long term stress increases the risk for diabetes mellitus since psychological stress alters our insulin needs.

Then there is the psychological stress alters the acid concentration in the stomach, which can lead us to peptic ulcers, stress ulcers, or ulcerative colitis.

Chronic stress can also lead to plaque buildup in the arteries called atherosclerosis, and is often responsible for angina or heart attacks, which are usually brought on by acute stress themselves.

It lead to a rise in blood pressure, increase the risk of stroke, and even contributes to infertility.

So it brings me to why being of service to others can decrease stress.

The scent of a flower for example one of my Viejita's favorite the small purple colored, trumpet shaped "freesia," can't travel against the wind, but the scent of even the smallest good deed will travels far in all directions.

Doing a good deed can actually improve your health, I've read scientists claim.

People that volunteer or do charity work and other good deeds, such as helping with a neighbour’s gardening, tend to experience less anger and stress.

They tend to feel more positive and self-confident.

There is a lot of truth to the old adage that we help others we also help ourselves.

I also read that being more considerate can reduce stress levels.

So let's improve our chances of being healthy and start doing good to others today.

Don't worry be happy, as the song goes.

Make it a día for doing many good deeds!

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