HEALTH,  Personal Development

Doing Things For Others Makes Us Happy

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Here’s a question for you.

What have you done today to bring a smile to someone else’s face?

It’s an important question, but sadly not something we work towards much these days. There is a very good reason to not only talk about this today but also put it into regular practice. As it turns out, doing things for other people makes us happy.

When you think about it, it makes sense. We are social creatures and have evolved to work best together in a close-knit society. What benefits those around us ends up benefiting us as well. If we share our resources today, others will be there to support us when we need help. It made sense in ages past and over thousands of years of evolution, we developed an internal reward system for being kind to others. It makes us feel good and increases our happiness and contentment.

Over the last few decades, things have changed. We have become more individualistic and egocentrically. We look out for ourselves before focusing on others. “What’s in it for me” has become the primary question. As a result, we’re more anxious, stressed, and depressed than ever before. It’s time to rediscover our altruistic side.

Give

When is the last time you gave someone a gift expecting nothing in return? It’s an amazing feeling. In fact, giving gifts turns out to be a lot more fun than receiving them. All it takes is a little mind shift and an effort to go out and do something nice for others. This doesn’t have to be time intensive or expensive. Even simple acts of kindness, like sharing a smile or exchanging a few meaningful words with a stranger, can do the trick.

Share

Share your resources. Give what you have in abundance. If you’re growing a garden, share some of the bountiful harvests with your neighbors. If you’ve cooked a big pot of stew, take some to the elderly gentleman down the street who hasn’t enjoyed a home-cooked meal since his wife passed away. Offer to watch your friend’s young children for an afternoon so she can go spend some much-needed me-time. Mentor someone who needs a little extra guidance.

Volunteer

There are plenty of opportunities for you to volunteer your time, your skills, or your resources. Pick one that sounds like fun and try it. If you love pets, go snuggle with some kittens at the humane society. If you enjoy a nice chat, go spend some time at a local retirement community. Find a way to contribute and help out even if it’s just for half an hour per week.

Notice how happy it makes you. You will find that you’re getting at least as much out of the time spent volunteering and doing something for others as they get from it. It doesn’t take much to increase your overall contentment and feeling of being fulfilled. Try it for yourself and see how helpful simple acts of kindness to others can be.


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This article provides general information and discussion about health and related subjects. The information and other content provided in this article, or in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.

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