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In these unprecedented times, with a global crisis upending our lives, more people are experiencing mental health issues like stress and depression. This is due to many real and perceived problems affecting us and our loved ones.
Scientific research on emotional health reveals that helping others can affect us positively
Doing things that help others give us the ‘helper’s high’. Deeds like volunteering, donating money, showing up for other people, and even the act of thinking of doing good for someone can release feel-good chemicals in the brain, decreasing stress and anxiety.
Helping and supporting others provides us with a ‘Teflon’ coating against the detrimental effects of stress. It regulates our emotions and provides us with a sense of control.
Having a strong sense of purpose makes our lives bigger than ourselves, gives it meaning and eventually results in better physical, mental, and financial health.
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With stress, the mind and the body are intrinsically linked. You can view stress as something that is wreaking havoc on your body (and it can) or as something that is giving you the strength and energy to overcome adversity.
Regular exposure to stress in small quantities can prepare us to handle a big stressful event in our lives. Prepare yourself for stress by self-education about the stressful event, by doing some physically stressful activities like completing a marathon, or something you dread, like giving a speech.
Repeated exposure to mildly stressful conditions can alter your body’s biological response to stress, making you manage stress in a better way.
The former makes people feel better with themselves and that you are more grateful when compared to the latter.
If you have to remind someone that they owe you one, chances are they don’t feel as if they do. Reminding them that they owe you a favor both makes the other person feel as if you’re trying to control them and it makes the other person feel as if you’re keeping a scorecard, and that’s fundamentally bad for relationships.
It happens when one rushes to provide advice, which is most likely to be discarded or ignored, even if the person was asked for it.
Even with good intentions, providing advice isn’...
When someone mentions a problem, it most likely isn’t the core problem but only an outward symptom.
Even if by some miracle one is able to find out the real problem, it does not mean that the advice doled out will be useful or will be implemented.
Most people are ignorant of their ignorance and live in a self-created bubble of superficial knowledge, which they believe is the only true knowledge there is, due to a cognitive bias known as the Dunning-Kruger effect.
A piece of straightforward advice doled out to be followed to the tee, is often due to lack of knowledge, rather than because of it.