In difficult times when somebody has to think about self-preservation, is it better to give than to receive? Can somebody actually forgo themself like that and put other people first? That seems unreasonable for many people.
When you yourself have problems, can you even think of helping others? It makes sense to do so, and it's been backed by research. The studies show findings that if a person has problems or burdens of their own, they would feel better if they help others.
Being altruistic has its rewards. Doing altruistic deeds will relieve your stress and improve the quality of your life. What are the benefits of altruism?
Rewards Of Altruism
- Better psychological well-being. Your emotional well-being improves if you're kind to other people, according to studies. Your mind becomes more peaceful. One study was conducted wherein results indicated the increased personal growth and improved emotional health of dialysis and transplant patients that volunteered to support other patients. In another study, it was also found that multiple sclerosis patients that supported other MS patients experienced pronounced improvements in their self-esteem, self-confidence, self-awareness and depression. Their daily functionality also significantly improved.
- Improved social support. Being good and kind makes you gain favors from others too. That is, you will reap the rewards of your altruistic deeds. People who have been reputed to be altruistic even receive favors from those they have not directly helped. Sacrifices done because of altruism makes you gain the favor of more people and you get increased social support, not to mention that you'll feel good for doing good deeds.
- Better attitude and outlook. Being exposed to varied situations, you'll be able to compare, which makes you gain a better perspective. You may be staying in a modest house compared to the extravagant ones you see in the glossy pages, but when you see the rundown houses in poor areas, you won't feel so discouraged. In fact, you'll feel more fortunate. It's about learning to appreciate your blessings. It makes you feel good to help those less fortunate than you and you'll learn to focus less on what you do not have. Lending a hand to people who have problems makes you gain more insight about your own situation and you become more positive in your attitude.
- Building a positive and supportive community. The good deeds you have done goes beyond yourself and the people you helped. It extends to the whole community wherein people you helped become inspired to help others, too. You have begun a chain reaction of altruism.
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