by Amy Blaschka "I just wanted to say I admire you. You are kicking ass!" Nearly a year ago, right before going to bed, I received that message from a friend and former colleague. I have to admit, it was completely unexpected but utterly awesome to hear. And this week, I was both surprised and delighted to receive a message from a reader praising my writing and ability to relate and connect with others. There's nothing quite like being at the receiving end of a random act of kindness. And truth be told, being at the giving end isn't too shabby either. Science backs this up. When we help others, it’s good for our health and vitality, improving emotional resilience, boosting the immune system, and reducing susceptibility to depression and anxiety. So here's your challenge: without any expectation of reciprocity, and with no ulterior motive other than to spread joy, commit a random act of kindness. Today. Right now. Never underestimate the power unexpected kindness. I promise you that it will make you feel amazing, make a huge difference in the recipient's life, and if we're lucky, cause a beautiful ripple effect.