July 31, 2020, 11:09 a.m. by Dr Gayatri Mohapatra ( 500 views)
Saint Francis of Assisi said "It is in giving that we receive. "
Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. Give cheerfully & not just with money, give a helping hand, a smile, love, and hope. Go out and make some good things happen to fill the world with hope.
As Anne Frank said, "no one has become poorer by giving".
It’s easy to get so preoccupied with fixing your own life that you forget about helping others. And while it’s important to put yourself first sometimes, it’s even more important to help others whenever you can.
Being generous isn’t even always about altruism – generous and compassionate deeds will have real tangible benefits in your own life as is evident from this story. The difference you can make in the lives of others when you step forward, reach out and help in your small way activates the areas of the brain associated with pleasure, social connection, and trust.
Altruistic behaviour releases endorphins in the brain and boosts happiness for us as well as the people we help.
Philip Zimbardo is a well-known psychologist, who was leading the 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment – so he knows how bad people can be. But in his famous talk "The two faces of mankind-evil vs angel" he finally concludes that everyone has an inner hero and being good is in our nature as well.
Philip Zimbardo (American psychologist)
In 2017, Singer Rihanna gave an inspiring speech about the power of helping others in any way that you can, without expecting anything in return. She said, "It starts with your neighbor. The person right next to you, the person sitting next to you in class, the kid down the block in your neighborhood. You just do whatever you can to help in any way that you can. Today, I want to challenge each of you to make a commitment to help one person. One organization, one situation that touches your heart. My grandmother always used to say, ‘If you got a dollar, there’s plenty to share'.
An ancient 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.”The greatest philosophers from ancient times have all said the same thing: Happiness is found in helping others.
( pics from internet for illustrative purpose only)