Secret & special benefits of Helping
Updated: Apr 1, 2020
Who despises a helping hand, especially in a time where the need is real and options are few? While it is intuitive that helping others often is a gateway to a lasting friendship, relationship, or even growing your professional networks. Very often, helping others is a great validation of our own abilities & resources and opens up our blind spots to our own vulnerabilities, guiding us to prepare for the better. This makes helping not just a fulfilling & socially rewarding experience but also a great learning strategy. While all of the above is true, I am here to share with helping is all of that and much more.
Neuroscience Research has proved that helping uplifts our happiness neurochemicals or happiness Trifecta - Dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin. Succinctly explained in this post, that how Empathy, and Driving an impact in other's life increases one or more of these neurotransmitters that help boost mood and fight stress. Now isn't this a win on multiple folds that while helping others, we get the joy of seeing them succeed first hand, get their gratitude, and often improve our own skills & get rewarded in the process. But the list doesn't end here, as the same process also proves to be benevolent to our health, which makes this entire cycle sustainable and virtuous.
Another fascinating benefit of helping others is that it is sometimes a unique opportunity to unleash our creativity and preparedness for others. This post beautifully takes an interesting approach at Helping citing our brains are hardwired to feel rewarded for Magnanimity and selflessness. It explains how special people felt to both get & offer help from complete strangers and form beautiful, symbiotic bonds that could last. So next time, when you are thinking of helping out, hopefully, this motivates you further for the creative possibilities that could be uncovered from these interactions.
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