“Feel Good” stories really do improve your health!

A few days ago, I posted a story, (Noah and the bunnies), and one contributor, Laura, commented that there was a similar story about a greyhound. What a beautiful story it is.

I love stories about animals or humans who act in an extraordinary ways…they always brought me to tears, and I never knew why, never knew that being grateful improved my health, or that even witnessing an act of kindness actually boosts the immune system. But the effects of performing genuine acts of kindness, and also witnessing them, changes our physiology. Our cells respond to kindness. These stories used to be minimized as “feel good” tales, but now research is saying that we really are positively affected by them. Bring on the good news!!  Below is the story of Jasmine.

“In 2003, police in Warwickshire, England, opened a garden shed and found a whimpering, cowering dog.. It had been locked in the shed and abandoned. It was dirty and malnourished, and had clearly been abused.

In an act of kindness, the police took the dog, which was a Greyhound female, to the nearby Nuneaton Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary, run by a man named Geoff Grewcock and known as a willing haven for Animals abandoned, orphaned or otherwise in need.

Geoffand the other sanctuary staff went to work with two aims to restore the dog to full health, and to win her trust. It took several weeks, but eventually both goals were achieved.

They named her Jasmine, and they started to think about finding her an adoptive home.

But Jasmine had other ideas. No-one remembers now how it began, but she started welcoming all Animal arrivals at the sanctuary. It wouldn’t matter if it was a puppy, a fox cub, a rabbit or, any other lost or hurting Animal, Jasmine would peer into the box or cage and, where possible, deliver a welcoming lick.

Geoff relates one of the early incidents. “We had two puppies that had been abandoned by a nearby railway line. One was a Lakeland Terrier cross and another was a Jack Russell Doberman cross. They were tiny when they arrived at the centre and Jasmine approached them and grabbed one by the scruff of the neck in her mouth and put him on the settee. Then she fetched the other one and sat down with them, cuddling them.”

“But she is like that with all of our animals, even the rabbits. She takes all the stress out of them and it helps them to not only feel close to her but to settle into their new surroundings.

“She has done the same with the fox and badger cubs, she licks the rabbits and guinea pigs and even lets the birds perch on the bridge of her nose.”

Jasmine, the timid, abused, deserted waif, became the animal sanctuary’s resident surrogate mother, a role for which she might have been born. The list of orphaned and abandoned youngsters she has cared for comprises five fox cubs, four badger cubs, 15 chicks, eight guinea pigs, two stray puppies and 15 rabbits.

And one roe deer fawn. Tiny Bramble, 11 weeks old, was found semi-conscious in a field. Upon arrival at the sanctuary, Jasmine cuddled up to her to keep her warm, and then went into the full foster mum role. Jasmine the greyhound showers Bramble the Roe deer with affection and makes sure nothing is matted.

“They are inseparable,” says Geoff “Bramble walks between her legs and they keep kissing each other. They walk together round the sanctuary.”

It’s a real treat to see them.”

Jasmine will continue to care for Bramble until she is old enough to be returned to woodland life. When that happens, Jasmine will not be lonely. She will be too busy showering love and affection on the next Orphan or victim of abuse.

19 thoughts on ““Feel Good” stories really do improve your health!

  1. Oh that is such a wonderful story. Reading it this morning is a great way to start my day. It shows what great love come from animals

  2. Absolutely..

    Kindness is our quest.

    =serotonin up

    perfect free happiness formula


    it begins

    This is easy.

    Thank you Mary for the sweet story w/ such a huge message!

    a smile from my heart!

    • and thank you Marjorie for your words…so beautifully simple and deep.

  3. Adorable! Divine! Add me to the list of people feeling healthier than I did before reading. And thank you, Mary.

  4. What a great big morning dose of vitamins for the soul! Thank you Mary! Jasmine epitomizes the Golden Rule, “Do onto others as you would want others to do onto you”. Reminds me too of what Anne Frank wrote in her diary, “We all have kindness to give”. And in giving it comes back a thousandfold.

  5. I was just in the bookstore looking at a book of different species caring for each other (remember the gorilla and kitten?) It’s the dream of the peaceable kingdom come true.

  6. I love this sweet dog! I think it is true, acts of kindness do make us feel better and enchance our immune systems! I wonder if the opposite is true. I hate reading stories of cruelty and damage to any living thing. I truly suffered through “Rose in a Storm” even though it ended on a positive note.

  7. Can’t get enough of that lovin’ stuff! Thanks for boosting my ” feel good center”!
    love to all, Terri

  8. If every human could open their morning ‘newspaper’ with a story like this, just imagine…
    Keep ’em coming, Mary. There cannot be enough of them!

  9. I just read this story to my husband from our iPad on our little kitchen table over coffee. Then he read the morning news. There was a horrible story about an abusive mother who killed her child. Ray said that he was able to handle that story better because he first heard the sweet inspiring animal story about the nurturing ways of beautiful Jasmine. Thank you for sharing, Mary.

    • Thank you for letting me know this Mary Rita….I very much appreciate it. Love, Mary

  10. I love reading about Jasmine each time I see about her in my inbox. It’s a story that is welcome. Jasmine should run the NYC Pound where animals would be treated far better under her care. I see the contrast between Jasmine and some of the awful things I read about animal cruelty at so called “shelters” from the various No Kill organizations around the USA. I’m glad there is a No Kill movement. Jasmine may all inspire us to do good to our companion animals.

  11. Have visited this site only once before…thru a link from Jon Katz.Revisited it today and cried like a baby. There was so much that touched my soul. Maybe I wasn’t ready to listen before. My words cannot describe how your words have touched me. Thank you.

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