While your parents may have drilled it into you from a young age to be a caring individual who helps others, you may not be aware of some of the personal benefits of helping others. To discover a few reasons why helping others is important, simply continue reading!
It teaches you valuable skills such as empathy and compassion:
One reason why it’s important to carve out time in your life to be of assistance to others such as your friends or family members or local charities is that being of service to others will teach you how to become more empathetic and compassionate. Skills that can benefit you as if you come across as being more caring, others will be more likely to go out of their way to treat your with empathy and compassion. Which will make your life a lot easier.
As a bonus, if you become more compassionate, others are likely to trust you more and will feel a closer bond to you. Which will transform all of your relationships, from your romantic relationships to your familial and work based relationships.
You will be happier:
You may be surprised to learn that science has proven that individuals who volunteer on a regular basis are a lot happier and feel more fulfilled than individuals who do not volunteer. Even if you don’t think that volunteering is your cup of tea, you may be surprised at the endorphin rush that you feel after your first volunteer shift.
You will feel more connected to your community:
Another reason why helping others is important is that doing so will allow you to feel more connected to your community. For example, if you are a parent and you join your local PTA association, you’ll get to meet other parents and to make key decisions that will impact your child’s school, which will make you feel like a part of your school’s community. So if you want to feel a greater sense of belonging, it’s well worth finding ways to participate in the different communities in your life.
You will learn how to accept help:
You may also be surprised to learn that individuals who are more willing to give their time, energy and money to others are also in a better mental place to accept help with then need it. As they realize that there are individuals who genuinely would like to help them and that giving help and accepting help is a part of being human and that there’s nothing wrong with accepting help in times of need.
It will give perspective in life:
It’s human nature to take things for granted as its part of the human condition to always want more than you have. Which can lead you to feeling sad, depressed or unfulfilled. However, if you spend some of your free time helping others, it will remind you of all of the blessings in your life, that you may have been taking for granted.
So if you thought that there were no personal benefits of helping others, think again as every time you help an individual or group, you also benefit from your actions!