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The Science of Helping Out

Help Others And Live Longer

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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The Science of Helping Out

The Science of Helping Out

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/09/well/mind/coronavirus-resilience-psychology-anxiety-stress-volunteering.html

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Helping Others To Help Yourself

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

Generosity For Beating Anxiety

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.

Virtual Help

In the times of social distancing and lockdowns, technology comes to our rescue, with new ways to help. Money can be sent at a click of a button, and video calls can be made just to listen to someone in stress, or to provide advice. Every small thing counts.

Help Others And Live Longer

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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Understanding Stress

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Your Perception About Stress

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.

Exposure to Stress

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.

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Reinforcing People’s Helpfulness

Reinforcing People’s Helpfulness
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2 types of gratitude expression

  • Other-praising: involves acknowledging and validating the character or abilities of the giver;
  • Self-benefit: which describes how the receiver is better off for having been given help. 

The former makes people feel better with themselves and that you are more grateful when compared to the latter.

Reminding People That They Owe You One

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.

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Defining "Success"

“Success” isn’t just having lots of money. 

Success is continuously improving who you are, how you live, how you serve, and how you relate.

Lose an hour in the morning, and you will be all day hunting for it.

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Putting "first things" first

Start the day with your #1 priority.

Getting up early isn’t enough. You need to put first things first. When you put your top priorities first, then you ensure they make it into the bucket of your day. After your main priorities have been completed, the rest will fill the gaps.

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