The Healing Power of Good

Do good. Feel good. Repeat.

This cause / effect cycle is well underway at Franciscan Health with the Do Good. Feel Good. 30-Day Challenge. The Challenge is free to all and designed to enlighten participants about how making minor changes to our routines can rewire our brains to have a more positive outlook. Each challenger is encouraged to do daily activities that focus on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.

While the challenge promotes the importance of a healthy lifestyle through regular exercise, diet and self-care, it also highlights the scientifically proven benefits of “doing good” and how spreading kindness and being of service to others can be the ultimate healer for your mind, body and spirit.

This past year we experienced the power of how helping others impacts our communities. From the beginning of the pandemic, we made facemasks for frontliners, delivered food to hospitals, checked in on our elderly neighbors under quarantine and made every attempt to ask if our loved ones were doing okay. We witnessed kindness in action regularly, where many of us found a purpose amidst the uncertainty.

“2020 gave us a good lesson on empathy and extending grace. It also allowed us to develop those traits and practice the art of perspective-taking. We walked a mile in a lot of people’s shoes, and it inspired many of us to help those in need - to speak up and to listen. Inherently, we want to do the right thing. So when we saw the opportunity to help people heal, we took action,” said Caitlin Leahy, Senior Vice President of Franciscan Health Foundation & Community Health Improvement.

“It warms my heart to think about all the good that transpired over the last year. It makes me want to do more, and that’s sort of what this challenge does. It gives you a ‘job’ to help either yourself or someone else each day. And that repetition is what creates positive change.”

As this altruistic way of thinking gains momentum with Franciscan’s Do Good. Feel Good challengers, many are already starting to share their experience through social platforms like Facebook and Instagram.

“My favorite part about the challenge is seeing Franciscan take a proactive wellness approach to health for their co-workers and surrounding communities alike. I love waking up each day to my daily text and devotional. It simply puts me in the right mindset for the day,” said Marci Crozier, Franciscan Health employee and previous contestant on the hit television series Biggest Loser.

A health and happiness revolution appears to be on the horizon. Are you ready to make a change in your life?

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