Last weekend brought a reason do outreach to mind that I haven't seen posted. There is a real, measurable, health benefit to working with the adults and kids at these events. Although the vast majority of my outreach is outdoors with a telescope, I also support our club's Starry Messenger Special Interest Group, which does generally indoor hands-on education with special kits and what we call Make it, Take It exercises. Last Spring, we had the visitors build paper sundials using a strip of paper and a piece of string. There are times when I work with SMSIG if needed. My wife, who does a lot of this type of outreach, will testify as to how terrified I am at the thought of an SMSIG event with kids. Not my style. BUT, as part of my cardiac rehab, they teach a free course in biofeedback stress relief. Two weeks ago, I took it. As part of the course, they put you on a pulse/electrical activity detector that measures electrical activity in rest periods between heartbeats. One of the drills they had me do was to close my eyes and think about sharing activities with others. I thought about doing the outreach. Within 1 minute, the electrical rest level dropped by 2/3. Practicing this feedback during my physical therapy in rehab, this past week I was able to reduce my blood pressure during high level physical activity by about 10 counts in both systolic and diastolic pressure. Just thinking about prior giving of your attention to others, and receiving the appreciation in return, is a very significant stress reliever. And that's why all of us with something to share of ourselves and our knowledge should get out there now and then; it's a healthy thing to do!