There’s a very popular Chinese saying that : “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.”
Whether you prefer monetary donation, cooking a meal for someone, or helping your co-worker with a task or volunteering in your community for a cause you truly believe in. Giving back to others is a powerful key to personal growth and long-lasting happiness. Here’s how giving is good for you:
Giving releases the happy chemicals
Scientifically speaking, when you give to somebody, there’s a physical response in your body. A chemical called Endorphin is released in your brain which gets you excited and makes you feel amazing. Endorphins help relieve pain and create feelings of pleasure or euphoria. Have you noticed when you have a great work out session, you always feel fantastic? That’s your level of Endorphins talking. So, when you give back to the community in the way it feels right to you; you get an endorphins rush.
It can benefit your physical and mental health
Stress, depression, and anxiety are some of the common concerns with the modern lifestyles along with tremendous and hidden pressures from society. But did you know that acting generously can reduce stress? In some cases, volunteering has also helped in improving the symptoms of depression. Oxford Journal, The Gerontologist, analyzed in a study conducted for over a 20-year-period, the mental and physical health of environmental volunteers. The analysis was focused on environment-based volunteering, and researchers found that the mental health of some participants improved, as they reported having fewer depressive symptoms after volunteering.
It improves Social Connection
When we give to others, we not only make them feel supported and closer to us. But we also feel that connection with them. Being generous to others help us look at the world in a very positive and loving way which fosters trust and good relationships. So, next time you feel that the world is against you; try extending help.
Your quality of Life can improve
Quality of life is the general standard of health, comfort, and happiness experienced by an individual. Engaging in activities such as volunteering or donating can enhance your quality of life in many different ways. As you contribute and share either time, money or energy from your life for the betterment of others; you truly multiply all of those factors and experience the world in a much peaceful way.
You develop a grateful mindset
When you make an impact on someone’s life for good and feel the receptivity of it; you evoke feelings of gratitude. Research has found that gratitude is integral to happiness, health, and social bonds. Giving back doesn’t have to be massive, it can be as simple as smiling at someone, and making their day a bit easier to get through. It also helps in increasing your self-esteem, heart health, and mental balance. Giving is the ultimate way to receive.
In other news: ShapeShift has recently released their first book titled “I am Not A Diet Book” with a Social Cause. It’s your holistic guide to choosing health with evidence-based knowledge. The book explains the three “W”‘s of Nutrition – What to eat, Way of eating and the Why of eating. If you are interested you can download the FREE preview of the book here or buy the copy here.
Social Cause: With this book, you also buy a healthy meal for someone who needs it.
Happy Giving 🙂