The Importance of Helping Others
There is a Chinese saying that goes: “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.” For centuries, the greatest thinkers have suggested the same thing: Happiness is found in helping others.
Research has shown that there are strong correlations between helping others and happiness and that those who are happy are more likely to be inclined towards assisting others. Numerous studies have documented the effects of helping others on people of all ages, from preschoolers to high school students and working professionals. Because giving makes us happier and happiness makes us give more, it’s a never-ending cycle of feel-good virtue!
Studies also show that volunteering enhances an individual’s overall sense of purpose and identity. This is because helping others can make you feel rewarded, fulfilled and empowered. Lacking a sense of purpose and belonging in the universe is something that is very common for a lot of people. Without a sense of purpose, our souls and vibrancy are weaker. Helping gives us a sense of feeling connected. Helping others also creates a sense of belonging and reduces isolation. We feel more in tune with humanity and the bigger picture. We realize that we can actually have a huge effect on the world, and that gives us more empathy and compassion. A bigger impact gives us a bigger sense of purpose.