#ThriveLife Day 22: Selflessly Help

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Lauryn

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Dr. Lauryn Lax, OTD, MS

Dr. Lauryn, OTD, MS is a doctor of occupational therapy, clinical nutritionists and functional medicine expert with 25 years of clinical and personal experience in healing from complex chronic health issues and helping others do the same.

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One-third of all pics on Facebook and Instagram are pics taken by…ourselves.

Selfies.

Moreover, get this:

  • 1,000 selfies are posted to Instagram every 10 seconds.
  • More people died from taking selfies in 2015 than from shark attacks.
  • And, there are 93 million selfies each day, which would represent 2,583,333 rolls of film.

Social media is the epitome of narcissism: “excessive or erotic interest in oneself and one’s physical appearance.”

This is probably no shock to you.

You know when you get on your newsfeed, you see it.

And you probably have felt the brunt of the statistic that reads:

64% of women walk away from social media feeling worse about themselves

(Been there. Got the t-shirt)

Aside from social media, you probably can relate to this one fact:

As humans, we are all innately selfish.

No ifs, ands or buts about it.

We are with ourselves 24/7. So of course, who are we going to think about 24/7?

Ourselves!

(Duh!).

And when people don’t smile back, or say “hello,” or ask us about our day or compliment us…then we can get a little bit all up in our head.

(Don’t they even care about me?!)

What would it be like to, instead be the kind of person we wish others were towards us?

Instead of looking to the number of “likes” we get on social, the “Just thinking about you” texts or party invites for our own validation, what would it be like instead to reach out to others?

You know the “Golden Rule”—do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Today, your #thriveproject is to pay it forward with some selflessness.

Selflessly seek to promote others today.

Be it:

  • Commenting or complimenting friends on social media
  • Giving someone a special shout out
  • Telling a friend specific reasons why she’s amazing
  • Complimenting someone in front of others
  • Making a network or connection between people—and praising them both for the awesome people are or work they do

Selflessly toot the horns of others today. (#bethechange).

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