Kindness substantially benefits those receiving it, but it is also profitable to those delivering the good deeds. Assisting others through volunteer work will provide several boosts to your health and well-being. Here are 3 benefits of being a good Samaritan.
A Sense of Belonging
Volunteering with a group will introduce you to new people and could help you establish many meaningful friendships. When you work with others around a common cause, you feel more connected to individuals as well as to your community at large. If you don’t bond with your co-workers or other groups of people in your life, building connections can be especially difficult. Volunteer work can help fill the gap by increasing your sense of belonging.
Surprising Health Boosts
Doing good increases oxytocin, the hormone responsible for feelings of happiness. Oxytocin is inversely related to blood pressure, so a boost in the hormone will likely produce a decrease in blood pressure. By regularly promoting higher levels of oxytocin, you’ll experience long-term health benefits, which also include anxiety management and inflammation reduction. This causes a positive domino effect, as raising your oxytocin may then reduce or prevent any secondary issue that is connected to stress or inflammation.
A Perspective Shift
Many people who have served at a soup kitchen or children’s hospital report that the experience helped them to see how good they have it. If you are feeling down or if you frequently complain about your life, seeing others in desperate circumstances might alter your focus. When you are focused on helping others find comfort in their distress, you are no longer focused on your personal challenges. You can then feel more gratitude for the things that you do have.
When kindness emanates from you, it has a positive effect on the world surrounding you. If you make an effort to help those in need, you may very well be helping yourself as well.