5 Benefits to Helping Others (and How it Can Help You, too!)

Want to know one of the tried and true ways to ensure that you’re experiencing the happiness that you truly want in life?

This week on Episode 137 of Productivity Paradox, I have the pleasure of sitting down with one of the most influential and inspirational people that I have ever met: Chris Winfield.

On the surface, Chris is a serial entrepreneur; but beyond his day job as the co-founder of Super Connector Media, he has made great strides in the world by implementing the concept (H-O-P-E) of helping one person every single day.

While we go more in-depth into the philosophy of HOPE and what it means to help one person every single day on the episode, I thought today we could focus on the primary point of what it means to help one person every day–which is gratitude.

The more we help others, the more gratitude we offer up to the world as a single unit–and the more happiness that we experience for ourselves overall.

Not only that, but there is a ton of research out there that has proven that the more we help others, the more benefits we reap in return. In essence, extending your help to those in need is a surefire way to “share the love” and to truly pay all of the blessings that you experience in your day-to-day forward.

So, that said, let’s take a peek at just a few of the benefits that we can gain when we put ourselves out there to help others. I am hopeful that by sharing these with you, you’ll feel inspired to take Chris’s philosophy of leading life with HOPE and implement it in your own life at home, at work, and everywhere in-between so that you can genuinely experience the happiness that you crave (and deserve).

Ready to jump in?

 

5 Benefits to Helping Others

 

 

1. A Longer Lifespan—

Before we dig in here, let me just say that for this particular benefit to come to fruition, it’s important to note that offering your help to others (through volunteer work, for example) for the long haul is critical.

Research has shown that through long-term volunteer work or other selfless acts (i.e., helping one person every day—however that might come about) we experience decreased levels of stress, lower rates of depression, and higher rates of life satisfaction overall—all of which contribute to a longer, healthier life.

So, the more you help out, the better you’ll feel – and the longer you may live! And if happiness is your aim, then what could possibly be wrong about doing what you can to extend your life, right? Think about it!

 

2. A Sense of Purpose and Satisfaction— 

Chris and I talk a lot about how helping others can point you toward your real purpose in life on this week’s episode (so definitely check it out!), but for the sake of recapping here:

The more you help those in need–even if that “need” comes in the form of lending an ear or a shoulder to cry on, doing something small like paying for someone else’s coffee order, and so on–the more you’ll be able to tap into some of the elements that will guide you to a more purposeful, satisfactory life.

Not only that but if you’re someone who no longer holds the title of a “worker” or a “parent” for example, then volunteer work and other selfless acts can often lend you the sense of purpose and satisfaction that a traditional job or parenting role would!

Give it a try!

 

3. Lower Blood Pressure—

This could essentially go hand-in-hand with the benefit of a longer lifespan, but for the sake of those with heart issues (if you’re like me, then chances are you know quite a few people affected by this!) I thought it bears standing alone as a significant benefit here.

While doctors routinely prescribe that those at risk of heart disease or other cardiovascular ailments cut back on red meat and do what they can to reduce stress as much as possible, here’s another thing to consider:

A regular volunteer schedule just might be the ticket to reducing the risk of hypertension by as much as 40%! Which, to me, seems like a huge number and an even more significant benefit to boot.

Other benefits outside of enjoying lower blood pressure include staving off bouts of loneliness through the increased social opportunities and interactions that altruism often employs.

So, now I have to ask: What could be better than that?

 

4. Community (Worldwide!) Ripple Effect—

 Okay, so maybe this one could perhaps be a better benefit than what I just mentioned, depending on how you look at it…

The more we help others, the easier it becomes for the concept of paying it forward to come to fruition.

In other words, helping others is one of those things that becomes contagious the more that it’s practiced (and experienced) within a single community. Altruism, then, acts like a chain reaction.

The more you help others, the more likely you are to inspire those you help to return the favor to someone else in need–and so on and so forth. Not only that, but studies have shown that even those in the presence of a selfless act (meaning, when they are not on the receiving end of it), the more likely they will feel inspired to do the same.

Everyone wins!

 

5. HAPPINESS—

With all of those good vibes floating around the world from countless selfless acts that we all perform, it’s hard to imagine feeling anything but happiness, right?

This is essentially how it all works: The more you volunteer, the more you help those in need in any way, the happier you are long-term.

Consider happiness to be a byproduct, or even a gateway, if you will, to true happiness. Whether this stems from the fact that altruism requires us to be more physically or socially active, or whether it comes from a neurochemical response signal in the brain is yet to be determined… but the moral of this story is simple:

The more you help out, the happier you are. Period.

So, get out there and do what you can to help someone in need whenever possible! And if you’re able to add regular volunteer work into your routine, even better.

Check out your local shelters, soup kitchens, and more to find opportunities to pay the good vibes forward in your community–and see what happens!

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Are you a volunteer in your community, or do you lead your life with HOPE like Chris Winfield in some other way? Share your volunteer work experience and any other experience you have performing altruistic acts in the comments below (I would love to hear about them!) . . .

And check out Episode 137 of the podcast this week to hear even more about Chris’s story, how he arrived at the concept of leading life with HOPE, and how you can implement the concept in your own life with ease!

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  • Kaethe Pittman

    Hi, Tonya! I volunteer with a Catholic military wives organization on a weekly basis, and with local chapters of three national embroidery guilds every month. An idea I’d like to share, though, involves a much lower level of commitment and a big return: My husband and I keep $5 McDonald’s and Starbucks gift cards in our cars for homeless persons we see begging on street corners. Providing a warm drink or a small meal makes me very happy!

    August 28, 2019 at 9:06 am

Tonya Dalton
Tonya Dalton