If there’s one thing people should do more of, it’s helping each other out. Realistically speaking though, the noblest plans often fall to the wayside due to the realities of daily life. For example, you might want to set up a soup kitchen for Christmas but work or family obligations leave you little time to make it happen.
According to research, there’s greater incentive to do more good deeds: it’s not only good for others; it’s good for you too. This article from Upwave.com discusses why:
“As Rick Nauert, Ph.D., reports, a five-year, multi-institutional study published in the American Journal of Health found that “giving and being unselfish not only helps others, but can also protect the health and prolong the lives of the altruistic.” People who volunteer tend to experience fewer aches and pains, better overall physical health and less depression; older people who volunteer or regularly help friends or relatives have a significantly lower chance of dying. Researcher Stephen Post reports that altruism even improves the health of people with chronic illnesses such as HIV and multiple sclerosis.”
The article also adds that doing good deeds increases self-esteem and inner peace, and promotes the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain relievers. Helping others doesn’t always involve grand gestures like writing a large check toward a charity. There are many small, but meaningful things you can do to help out, like these options:
Just because you couldn’t start a soup kitchen doesn’t mean you can’t participate in one. Call local churches or charitable groups in your area and help them feed the hungry by signing up as a volunteer instead.
Ask permission from your boss or human resource department to start a donation drive for victims of natural disasters like the recent Typhoon Haiyan. Officemates can either donate cash or non-perishables like canned goods, in an effort to raise funds.
Support Online Nonprofit Fundraisers
You can sell pre-owned items via the eBay Giving Works program where part or all of the proceeds will go to your charity of choice. Alternately, you can purchase participating items so a portion of your money goes to a seller’s chosen charity.
With so many ways to help and so many benefits to gain, helping others should definitely be part of your new year’s resolution. What other ways can you think of aside from volunteering, starting donation drives, and supporting fundraisers for nonprofits? Whatever you come up with, the idea behind your mission is sure to make you feel good, and others feel good as well.
(Article Information and Image from The Rumor: Helping others is good for your own health., Upwave.com)