Happy living really comes down to giving
When we humans interact with one another and offer our skills, time or knowledge, we find ourselves helping others and as a result, we feel happier. There’s data showing that giving is a powerful pathway to personal growth and lasting happiness. Research has shown that by connecting with others and lending a helping hand triggers the same centers in the brain as food and sex. Oh yes, what a feeling!
Happiness is that state of mind and emotional feeling that comes naturally when we genuinely have a desire in helping others. There are so many different ways we can connect with people. But how do we know what happiness really is? In case you’re looking for ways to increase your level of happiness, consider the following when you wish to start giving:
– Do what you love
If we felt like we had to do something we didn’t like so much, we would feel forced. We probably wouldn’t give our best effort and we definitely wouldn’t find it fun to do. That’s why it’s important to know what really lights your fire. If you don’t know, start with thinking about what your purpose in life is. Knowing naturally makes you smile and feeling passionate about whatever you’re doing is a good sign. Not to mention, a good feeling too!
So whether that’s pursuing a career as a Veterinarian because you want to save all the animals in the world or becoming a teacher at a local elementary school because you want to educate as many kids as you can, do what you love. Happiness is there.
– Your time is valuable
We’ve all heard that people with a lot of money aren’t necessarily the happiest. Time is the most valuable commodity we have. When we give our time, no matter what our net worth is, we give something that is irreplaceable. No matter what we’re doing to help others, our time is a gift no one can ever return. The funny thing is that research shows the giver as the one who experiences a greater sense of joy than the receiver.
Tis truly better to give than to receive.
– Ben Carson
Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.
This does relate to giving your time. There’s only so many hours in a day. One can choose to watch TV, play video games or watch Netflix and chill all day, everyday. Nothing wrong with a little Netflix and chillin’ is cool too, however, volunteering your skills and your time not only helps others, it increases your level of happiness. It’s a win-win for every human-interacted person involved.
When you’re volunteering, you’re typically giving back to the community and/or helping a non-profit organization carry out its mission. You start to become part of the community interacting with other people, which also helps to satisfy our human needs. Often times, we’re learning something new while carrying out volunteer work. In effect, we’re happier when we feel like we’re learning, teaching someone else, making something better, or fixing something.
Lasting and meaningful happiness
Chocolate cake makes me happy. Seeing a puppy does too. Coffee in the mornings…a lot of things make me happy. But of course, these are temporary feelings that eventually fade away.
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 someone else.
There’s no single person in the world who can help everyone, but certainly everyone can help someone. Imagine what our world would be by simply helping others.