The scintillating success of Captain Tom Moore’s fund-raising walk may well be far lovelier for him than the recipients of his strident imagination. His first ambition to raise £1,000 swiftly swelled to £500,000, a sum now exceeded by 5,920% according to his fund raising page at £29,600,902 as of 07.00 this morning.
Giving gives. As everyone knows, giving gives the giver a sense of well-being deep within: a peace on which floats kindness, softening the heart.
Studies link random acts of kindness to releasing dopamine, a chemical messenger in the brain that can give us a feeling of euphoria. This feel-good brain chemical is credited with causing what’s known as a helper’s high.
In addition to boosting oxytocin and dopamine, being kind can also increase serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate mood. [quoted from Science of Kindness: link above]
NHS Charities Together, the beneficiary of Captain Moore’s charitable walk completing 100 turns of his garden before his Hundredth birthday, will doubtless yodel Many Happy Hoppies today while the rest of the population clap in recognition of all NHS healing hands at 8pm.
Now an honorary Colonel, Tom Moore has given the country far more than Thirty million quid. He’s drawn out of a worried population a little more wellness than we thought we had.