Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”Countless studies have found that giving to others benefits young and old physically and psychologically.
Giving Has Significant Benefits For You
The benefits of giving are significant. Studies report that individuals that are givers tend to have lower blood pressure, lower risk of dementia, less anxiety and depression, reduced cardiovascular risk, and overall greater happiness.
“Volunteering moves people into the present and distracts the mind from the stresses and problems of the self,” said Stephen G. Post, founding director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics at Stony Brook University School of Medicine in New York. “Many studies show that one of the best ways to deal with the hardships in life is not to just center on yourself but to take the opportunity to engage in simple acts of kindness.”
Biologically, giving can create a “warm glow,” activating regions in the brain associated with pleasure, connection with other people and trust. There is evidence that, during gift-giving behaviors, humans secrete “feel good” chemicals in our brains, such as serotonin (a mood-mediating chemical), dopamine (a feel-good chemical) and oxytocin (a compassion and bonding chemical).
Awaken To Living A Much Fuller Richer Life
When you begin living life in this manner you’ll experience an inner shift that impacts the quality of your life. Instead of existing, you’ll be awakened to living a much fuller and richer life. Isn’t that what life is all about?
As you celebrate Thanksgiving, make a commitment to live in a more giving state. Adopting this way of being will create a ripple effect within our world. Hate, corruption, greed, and violence will begin to dissipate. Become a difference maker!