Why helping others is good for your health

You Always Reap What You Sow

Remember the golden rule, do to others as you’d have done to yourself. It’s true for every facet of life and can help at much deeper levels than you may have thought. Turns out it’s actually physically healthy for you and I to love our neighbors. Any sort of involvement in a helping activity boosts overall physical & mental well being. If you are an active participant at your ministry you’re actually lengthening your life span. According to Huffington Post, for the average person, 100 hours of activity helping others decreases your chance of dying by 28%.

It’s a High

When you do all sorts of different things that benefit others like, say, giving to charities at the drive through, helping a friend start their car, or even scraping your neighbors windshield on a cold morning, you get a good brain response.

Upon participating in goodness your brain pumps out a neurotransmitter called dopamine, its what scientists call a “helpers high”. The world really would be better if we all helped each other out.

Brain Band-Aid

A study done by Pain Management Nursing showed that chronic-pain sufferers helping others with the same illness reported feeling less discomfort. When judged by a scale of 1 through 10 peoples average dropped from a close 6 to lower than 4!

Paul Arnstein, a PhD clinical nurse, said, “People living with chronic pain can often feel helpless about their condition, but recognizing the positive effect they had on others in the same situation gave them a sense of purpose. In turn, that gave them more confidence to find ways of managing their own discomfort.”

New Friends

Should you volunteer you’re much more likely to make new friends and we all know of he benefits of having a good friend (I hope).

No Cure All

Although helping others does help our physical well being as well as boosting confidence and over all self worth, it doesn’t come immediately. It does take regular amounts of sacrificed time to make a dent in helping improve your quality of life. In the study above, 100 hours annually was the case, though this isn’t an exact science as everyone is different.

If you already attend church regularly, most services last for, I’d say, an hour and a half. You’re off to a great start! If you’re not participating and you’re already at the church, you may want to consider asking the ministry leaders for work, even if its just starting out as a greeter. You’d be surprised by the effectiveness of saying “hi” to people.

If you don’t have a church to go to, consider picking up new skills, the online world is full of opportunities. There are billions of websites on the internet and lots of them could use help, especially church websites. You could help write, design, or even code for them. Its easy to stay connected too, most churches have on-going activities and content they want to share with the world.

God bless.