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A Canadian University study found this: people who did a kind deed five to 15 minutes every day for a week–increased their happiness. Six months after the research ended, many were still helping others, feeling less depressed and enjoying life. Boaz, whom we read about in the book of Ruth, was a very kind man. When he saw Ruth gathering grain behind his harvesters to help feed her mother-in-law, his heart went out to her. First, he urged her to gather grain in his field only. He warned the young men not to touch her. He told the harvesters to let grain fall intentionally so she could have it. At mealtime, he invited Ruth to eat with them and gave her more than she could eat. Ruth thanked Boaz profusely and kept the leftovers for Naomi. She asked Boaz, “What have I done to deserve such kindness? I am only a foreigner.” Boaz said, “Yes, I know, but I also know about everything you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband. I have heard how you left your father and mother and your own land to live here among complete strangers. May the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge, reward you fully for what you have done.” All through the Bible, God urges us to be kind to others. It still pays to be kind.

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