Being of service to others is to be of help to the people around you.
It’s all about focusing on others and not yourself.
You might wonder how this might improve your well-being. It is well-established among religious texts that being of service to others is a key to living well.
Helping others help oneself.
People who engage in altruistic social interest behaviors have better mental health than their non-altruistic counterparts.
Altruistic practices might include minor acts of kindness or major ones such as volunteerism/
Studies have shown that being of service helps oneself. There are pieces of evidence that people who serve others are happier and healthier.
Psychological research on social support once focused on the receiving end of the support, but now they have put the giving end in the spotlight.
Let’s look at how helping others help maintain your well-being.
- Giving a sense of purpose and meaning to life
Engaging in altruistic activities enhances wellbeing by granting a sense of usefulness to others and thus a sense of purpose and meaning in life.
Volunteering gives you a chance to give help to others in need. It’s fulfilling to see others be happy when you help them.
There’s a sense of belongingness whenever you get to be a part of the reason why others are happy.
2. Keeping your mind and body sharp
Social participation requires the mobilization of both mental faculties and physical functioning, which curb the decline of wellbeing in old age.
Lending a hand to others is quite demanding but in a good way. It keeps you active mentally and physically.
This way you challenge yourself to be the best version of yourself to help others.
3. Keeping negative feelings and thoughts at bay
Loneliness is common when you don’t connect with the community around you.
A study done in 2013 showed that the more interaction people were getting from Facebook rather than people face to face, the lonelier and more depressed they became.
When you are being of service to them, you develop social relations with the people you work with and the people you help.
In this technology-driven era, most of our socializing is done through social media.
4. Thriving in life
Signs of thriving, such as school success, helping friends or neighbors, valuing diversity, maintaining good health, showing leadership, and overcoming hardship are all linked with prosocial activity.
When you thrive, it reduces the need to take risks such as illegal drugs, alcoholic beverages, and other vices.
Life without alcohol or drug dependency fosters holistic wellbeing as it keeps your health in good shape in all aspects (physical, mental, and emotional).
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