To truly fill our lives we need not go any farther than reaching out and helping those who are less fortunate than ourselves. It is through helping others that we can come into our own emotionally and spiritually. Helping others can act as:
1. A natural anti-depressant
Anytime you start to feel depressed, go volunteer somewhere. The sheer act of helping those who are less fortunate than you is enough to lift anyone’s spirits. There’s a certain satisfaction that comes when you know that you’ve done something good for someone else, and that through your actions you’ve helped brighten their day. Skip turning to a pill and try getting a natural high from the spirit of volunteerism.
2. A reality check
If you think your life is in shambles simply because things aren’t falling into place the way you thought they would or because you don’t own the most recent piece of technology, clothes, or cars, then try volunteering somewhere with those less fortunate. It’s a good reality check that there are people out there who are actually suffering, and that suffering extends much farther than our petty grievances.
The next time you see someone struggling – maybe it’s a young mom who needs a friendly face to open a door, or someone drops something on the floor and it spills everywhere – give them a hand. You’ll feel good about helping them out and hopefully it will inspire them to help out the next time they see someone in need. What goes around will eventually come back around, and you may find yourself smiling at a stranger lending a helping hand to you soon enough.
4. A sense of accomplishment
When you selflessly do something for someone else you will almost instantly feel better about yourself for performing that action. That boost in self confidence is great for our mental state because it gives us a feeling of pride, and that can help you view life in a more positive light.
5. A stress reliever
The simple act of giving to others, whether it’s your time, money, or even something as simple as just lending a listening ear not only boosts our mood but it also helps to release any stresses we’ve been holding onto. All of those good emotions help rid your body of the bad ones.
The benefit of helping others does wonders for our moods and outlook on life because our personal success is rarely defined solely by what we do, but more by what we do through others, what others have done for us, and what we can do with others. By simply giving a helping hand we have the ability to unlock a wealth of positivity, both for ourselves and for others.
This is a guest post by Christine Kane, a follower of Subho's Jejune Diet and a graduate of Communication and Journalism. She works as a writer for an internet service but enjoys writing on a wide variety of subject for different blogs. She can be reached Christi.Kane00@gmail.com.