How You Could Help Someone Live Longer!

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Having spent almost 30 years in radio, I can tell you first hand that there are alot of lonely people around us. I spent many moments throughout my career talking to many lonely people on radio request lines. There are people out there that are literally hungry for some companionship.

According to former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Viveck Murthy, we live in the most technologically connected age in the history of civilization, yet rates of loneliness have doubled since the 1980’s. And that’s not a good thing. Experts conclude that people who are lonely get sick more often,  have cognitive decline, and are more prone to early death. Not only that, but the lifespans of the lonely are akin to those that smoke a pack of cigarettes a day.

So, what can you do about this loneliness epidemic? Get out there and make friends. If you see someone sitting alone at work, at church, wherever, sit and talk to them. Listen to what’s going on in their life. If you ARE lonely, maybe you should volunteer, get involved in your local church or do something worthwhile to surround yourself with more people.

The fact is that we weren’t put on this earth for our own comfort and entertainment. We were put here, I believe in part, to make a difference in the lives of others. That’s how we’ll be remembered and judged when we are gone, so why don’t we all do something about that now? Be a friend to someone today. It may just save their life!

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5 Ways to Bless Others Around You

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I read a story this morning where “Harry Potter” star Daniel Radclifffe came to the aid of mugging victim who had been knifed in London. Read the story HERE

Granted, we are not all “Harry Potters” ready to lend our celebrity helping hand at a moment’s notice, BUT we all have opportunities to bless others….if we just take the time to look around us.

I used to do a regular feature on my radio show (and I’ll probably start it here soon) called “The Good News”. This segment focused on people making a difference in the world around them. 99 percent of the time, these people were no different than you and me. They had no special skills or abilities. They didn’t have a huge bank account. They weren’t world famous. They were just regular people who took the time to look around them and see where they could positively impact the lives of others. We ALL have that same opportunity. If you want to use the Bible as an example, God didn’t call men of extraordinary talent or skill to be his disciples. They were just ordinary people who were willing to be obedient and observant to opportunities around them to bless others.

With the world we live in today, opportunities to positively impact others are ALL around us. Here’s at least FIVE:

*While we’re driving, we might see someone in need.

*While we’re at the drive through of a fast food restaurant, we might be able to “pay it forward” by paying for someone’s meal.

*While we’re on the job, we might lend a listening ear to someone who’s going through a difficult time.

*While we’re online, namely social media, we see plenty of opportunities to bless others through prayer, encouragement, time, money, etc.

*At home, we have opportunities to bless our family and friends. The opportunities are endless…IF we just take the time to look around us.

I really believe we weren’t put on this earth for ourselves. We are here to impact the lives of others. When we die, people aren’t going to dwell on our accomplishments, or our nice  homes or cars. No. They are going to remember the good we did. They are going to remember how we made them feel. They are going to remember the impact we had on others. When it’s all said and done in this world, we are going to be measured on the difference we made in the lives of others, and what we did with the opportunities we had to bless those around us.

Those opportunities are all around you today. What are you going to do with them?

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