When you perform a selfless gesture, you are doing so without wanting anything in return. Helping out a friend or a stranger in need is actually good for you too! Here are three reasons why:
- Gives You a New Perspective
It is easy to get wrapped up in concerns of your own life. But helping out someone even in the smallest way possible, can brighten their day.
Seeing this can make you re-think certain unnecessary stresses that may be weighing you down. When you train your brain to always be on the lookout for someone who may need a helping hand, you tend not to sweat the small stuff in life.
- Creates a Domino Effect
Being selfless in general can help you find more of a purpose in life. Performing any selfless act, big or small, will expand exponentially as it touches the lives of others.
A single act of kindness can have a domino effect, giving rise to more good deeds, i.e., others “paying it forward”. You want the people you come in contact with on a daily basis to get inspired by how positive you are. Make it a habit to bring positive energy into every room, and you will be surprised how many people follow your lead.
- Triggers Brain’s Reward Mechanism
According to a 2015 study done by Clinical Psychological Science, engaging in prosocial behavior can help negate the emotional effects of stress and improve emotional functioning. So, if you’re having a bad day, being polite or considerate can help you turn things around.
Doing good triggers the release of the feel-good chemical, dopamine. Since there are real health benefits in supporting and helping others, make this month all about giving out spontaneous acts of kindness!
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