"Do what feels good." Didn't your parents warn you against this notion? My Scandinavian grandmother would shudder at the thought of following one's most immediate and self- gratifying instincts as a way of life, without thought, purpose, or planning.
A new article in The Atlantic, however, is not talking about hedonism. Ben Snyder sent this one along. (I always read what Ben sends me because I find the articles make me think.) This one did, too.
I guess I should not have been surprised at the science underpinning the idea that we should give our lives to meaningful service, but somehow I had never read proof before that it literally makes us all feel good (in demonstrable, quantifiable ways) to devote ourselves to the needs of the world.
I am sending you the link as well. Take a moment to peruse it. As we set up our summer of relaxing family time, I urge you to also help your children's inner as well as physical health by finding ways to do meaningful service as a family. Come September, you will have a wealth of great memories, (and wonderfully sane and happy chemistry) to show for your efforts!
Sandi MacQuinn and Linda Hurley