When you do something good for someone or something (like a good cause, perhaps), how do you feel? Most people will feel great – they’ll feel a rush of energy and joy, and they’ll be glad they did whatever they did. They might even be motivated to do more good things and to continue that streak for as long as possible.
You may never have thought about the reasons why this happens and you feel this way, but there are a number of reasons, and they are all backed up by science. With that in mind, read on
Stress is something that a lot of people have to deal with these days. The world is a much busier place than it ever was before – or so it seems, at least (this may not actually be the case, but it’s our perception, which really amounts to the same thing). This means we’re often much more stressed than we might otherwise be.
It’s good for our mental and physical health to reduce our stress levels whenever possible and do good things, whether you’re giving to charity, carrying out fire warden training so you can help those in need, or even buying a gift for a loved one just because you want to, is one way to reduce stress. That’s because it releases dopamine and serotonin into the body, which combats cortisol, the stress hormone.
Increase Life Expectancy
This point may not sound as though it’s true because it’s so far-fetched, but it comes from the University of Buffalo and some research that suggests unselfish people are more likely to live longer.
The reasons for this are still being determined, but it may well have something to do with the lower stress levels experienced by those who help others, as mentioned above. It also makes you more positive in general, as you know people are out there who will do positive things, and that optimism can be good for your health too.
Happier At Work
When you do good things, you feel happier at work, and that is very important for a happy life in general. We spend a lot of time at work – most of our waking hours in the majority of cases – which means it pays to be happy there. If you hate your job, it’s going to impact everything else around you, no matter what other benefits and blessings you have in your life.
When you feel good because you’re a good person, you’ll be more likely to be committed to your work, be loyal to your company, and do well. You’ll be productive and focused because your mind will be at ease when it comes to other things in your life.
Motivated To Do More Good
Just doing one good deed is enough to make you want to do more because it feels so good, and you can see the impact you’re making. Even if you never see that impact, you’ll know it exists, and that can be enough.
Just thinking about the good things you’ve done in the past can be enough to ensure you do more good things, and the cycle of positive unselfishness will continue.