Helping Others: The Secret To Happiness…


Helping Others: The Secret To Happiness



There are a myriad of books, trainings, articles, and quotes about what life is supposed to be all about: “achieving happiness”. Everybody is striving to reach this state of mind, but at the same time we may feel “true happiness” is an elusive term. If this is the case with you, that’s most probably because you might have been too focused on the one dearest and most important to you: yourself.

It’s paradoxical, but it’s true. In order for us to feel happy, we must help others to feel that way too. Without it, life simply wouldn’t have much sense. Just think about it. Imagine living a life in which you would have your all your needs properly catered for, but you couldn’t do a single deed to help others. Doesn’t the very thought of it makes you feel a little bit uncomfortable?

For this very reason, it’s essential to reach out to others. We’re now going to explain this topic further and see how exactly assisting others improves our life.

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Living Longer

Believe it or not, being of help actually enables us to live a longer life (and a more fulfilled one, for that matter). Doing something simple such as picking up groceries for our elderly neighbor, volunteering in the local community center, helping with daily chores – all of these add up to lengthen our lifespan. Apparently, being of help reduces stress, makes us feel proud, fights depression and encourages socialization. All of these factors can a very beneficial effect and prolong our time on Earth.

Job and Travel Prospects

Perhaps you’ve been taking some things for granted without even realizing. If you already have some experience in volunteering of any kind, and you really enjoy it, why not officially choosing it to be your profession? You can apply for a course, gain in-depth knowledge, and get an official certificate stating you are a professional in the field.

If you’re passionate about working in community services but don’t want to give up your current job, you can choose to study online or remotely. Educational providers such as Open Colleges in Australia or edX in the US.



Ultimately, this can lead to doing your job all over the world. What’s more, if you can prove your prior engagement, your efforts will be officially acknowledged by getting Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Painkiller

Interestingly enough, people who decide to actively help others in some way eventually stop complaining about chronic pains. Volunteering acts as a remedy in some situations. Whether or not it’s some kind of placebo effect is almost irrelevant. It may be that your mind is distracted from the pain and the feeling is outweighed by the positive feeling of being altruistic.

Lower Blood Pressure

If you suffer from high blood pressure, the best thing you could do is become more active when it comes to helping others. When was the last time you saw someone upset when volunteering? Even though providing help can be difficult at times (depending on the occasion), you will most likely feel a sense of reward.

Inspire and Receive Happiness

Doing good deeds is contagious because once you start helping people, it inspires others to do the same. Perhaps it isn’t visible from the start, but it’s certainly happening in some shape or form. In this way, one simple act of goodness has a domino effect on the whole community. Doesn’t it feel nice to be surrounded by happy people?

Appreciation

Modesty is the best policy as well. Unfortunately, people are prone to comparing themselves to the others, which often backfires in the sense they feel dissatisfied when looking at the lives of celebrities, or even their colleagues. However, helping those in need won’t necessarily provoke the feeling of supremacy, but rather a gratitude for the blessings we already have. What’s the point of having a million dollars, if you don’t feel grateful for it? It’s strange but true. Gratitude sparks happiness. If you don’t appreciate the people and things you have in your life, you can never feel satisfied.

As you can see, one simple act of kindness goes a long way. By helping others, we are helping ourselves, and it’s a beautiful never-ending cycle.



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