Updated: May 20, 2021
From Wednesday, April 7, 2021.
I have a book titled The Servant Leader. It has been a few years since I read it, in fact it belongs to a friend and I should have returned it long ago, but it speaks about the importance of serving others.
I believe we were created to serve. If we were a computer, our designer would have made it a Loop. By definition a loop is "imbedded in a code script and provides a list of instructions the system must follow to produce its function." I think we need to be more in the "loop".
If you have ever done anything nice and unexpected for someone else, you know that feeling you get. It feels good.
Michael Steger, a psychologist at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, has always been amazed by how differently people lead their lives. Steger couldn’t help but wonder which behavior makes people happier—seeking pleasure or doing good? To find out, he and his colleagues asked a group of 65 undergraduates to complete an online survey each day for three weeks. They found that the more people participated in meaningful activities, the happier they were and the more purposeful their lives felt. Pleasure-seeking behaviors, on the other hand, did not make people happier. - Livescience.com
Here are seven scientific facts regarding the benefits of doing good:
1. DOING GOOD DECREASES STRESS
According to a 2013 study examining the relationship between volunteering and hypertension, giving back can have a significant impact on blood pressure. Researchers found that adults over 50 who volunteered about four hours a week were 40 percent less likely than non-volunteers to have developed hypertension four years later.
2. DOING GOOD INCREASES LIFE-EXPECTANCY
Researchers from the University of Buffalo found a link between giving, unselfishness and a lower risk of early death.
3. DOING GOOD MAKES US FEEL BETTER
Ever felt a sort of “rush” after performing a good deed? That sensation is known as ‘helper’s high’ and is produced when your brain releases endorphins, the feel-good chemicals of the brain.
4. DOING GOOD MAKES US HAPPIER AT WORK
According to a study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, altruists in the office are more likely to be committed to their work and less likely to quit their jobs.
5. DOING GOOD PROMOTES MENTAL HEALTH
After an extensive review of 40 studies on the effect of volunteering on general health and happiness, the BMC Public Health journal has concluded that volunteering is also good for mental health. The review found that - along with improved well-being and life satisfaction – volunteering is also linked to decreased depression.
6. DOING GOOD LEADS TO HAPPINESS
People who engage in kind acts become happier over time.” It’s that simple.
7. DOING GOOD WILL MOTIVATE YOU TO DO GOOD AGAIN
A 2012 study published in Psychological Science found that thinking about times you’ve helped others will make you want to help others again. The research found that reflecting on your past good deeds makes you feel selfless and want to help more, as compared to reflecting on the times others have helped you. -Goodnet.org
I believe we were created to serve others. Our Creator gave us Endorphins. Endorphins are the chemicals that make you feel good and are released when you participate in acts of kindness and goodness. What an awesome God we serve.
So, be more in the 'loop'. Do something unexpected for someone today. Be kind, show generosity, give of your time and talents, smile, yes, smile. Even the simplest thing like a smile can change someone's world.
Have a blessed day! And remember: Jesus is coming soon!