I'd read the book already, but during Dr. Post's presentation, I had a light bulb moment. He was talking about how chemistry in the body changes, and different areas of the brain light up when we do good, (or even just think about doing good).
Riley is fortunate to have a few little girls in her class who take her under their wing and help when she is afraid or disruptive, offering encouragement throughout the day. I feel an immense amount of gratitude to these girls, almost to the point of feeling apologetic or indebted at times.
It hadn't occurred to me that helping Riley is also helping them. Altruism releases feel good chemicals in the body. Altruistic people even live longer than curmudgeons.
If it's true that "good things happen to good people," Ms. Riley is a going to have a great life.
So are her sweet little friends.