Altruism is putting the needs of others before our own, the concern for the wellness of others. Many of us get so caught up with our busy and stressful lives that it becomes difficult to think about helping others, or donating time and money. According to studies, altruism can be extremely beneficial both mentally and physically. So whether you do something as small as offering your chair to an elderly person, or buying lunch for your co-workers, any act of kindness can benefit you in ways you never thought.
Here are some of the mental and physical benefits of altruism:
- Sense of belonging, and reduces isolation- face to face interactions reduces loneliness.
- Puts things in perspective- you might realize how fortunate and lucky you are.
- Improves confidence, control, happiness and optimism.
- Reduces stress- positive emotions reduce stress and boost our immune system.
- Helps get rid of negative feelings- being altruistic decreases feelings of anger, aggression, and hostility.
- Helps us live longer- studies show those who are more altruistic can live longer.
There are many different ways to give help to others. Being altruistic doesn’t take a lot of money or time. Small changes can make a big difference in the lives of others and even in your own.