OK, I will make this one short and sweet.
A while back I heard of a study that found pure joy comes from helping others succeed.
People that have accomplished something that you helped yourself. There’s no greater feeling than seeing them use the tools you gave them and the knowledge you taught them to better themselves.
We are all familiar with that heartwarming feeling. If this is true, it’s no wonder why more people aren’t happy.
If you don’t know that feeling, ask yourself why not?
Why haven’t you helped anyone recently?
If you want more joy in your life, this is the great place to start.
Jesus of Nazareth said, “and just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise” (Luke 6:31) and “you shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39). This rule has been a staple in societies all over the globe. However you want to be treated, you need to be showing that back at them.
Pretty simple, right?
So, why aren’t more people doing it?
It would make them so much happier. If you want to be happier, start giving back to your community. Help those who are in need.
Maybe just start with little random acts of kindness here and there and you don’t always have to go to the extreme of the homeless on the side of the road. We all need help in one way or another.
See, we’re designed to help others because when we do, it releases endorphins in the brain. This is the chemical that makes us feel good. Scientists have even coined it the “helper’s high”. Now, this is a high I wouldn’t mind being addicted to.
There are numerous other reasons for giving back, but for many people, the biggest one is that it gives them a purpose in life.
When we help those in need, it can give you a sense of meaning for your life which is really what this life is all about. If you want to be happier, this is the direction you want to be heading in.
Some ways you can start helping out today is just holding the door open for someone.
- Picking up something that someone has dropped.
- Listening to someone talk about their bad day.
- Volunteering at a shelter or church at an event.
- Donate clothes and things you don’t need or use anymore.
- Picking up trash at a local park.
- Help a neighbor fix or maintain something they may have a problem with.
- Buy or make a meal for someone who’s hungry or just too busy to cook.
- Send a card to someone who may be sick.
These are just some examples. I’m sure you can think of many other ways to lend a helping hand.
Let that be your challenge for the week. Pick one or two of these this week and see how it can help you and others today.
Kevin is the author of two books available through his website (click here). Kevin is a husband and father, who has a creative mind and seeks to lead others in a better direction.