The fastest way to feel good about yourself and impact the world in the process is by serving others—it’s a fact.
One study revealed that the more people participated in meaningful activities, specifically giving to and helping others, the happier they were and the more meaningful they felt their lives were. Other studies have shown that offering service reduces depression and lengthens lifespan. A survey taken by members of the United Health Group who had volunteered during the past year showed that serving provides mental and emotional benefits:
So if the secret to real happiness and improved overall well-being is serving others, how can you start helping those around you?
Make service a priority.
When you schedule your day, it might be hard to squeeze in just 10 minutes of “me” time, let alone 10 minutes of helping a neighbor. However, with a willing heart and a prayer for God’s help, you will always find a bit of time to spare for someone else.
Disconnect from technology sometimes.
How often do we miss opportunities to uplift someone next to us because our minds are somewhere else? Often we are distracted by technology and social media. Those things aren’t inherently bad; in fact, without them, some of us couldn’t talk to family and friends living across the world. However, can you think of a time you were so distracted you didn’t recognizing that your mom could have used help around the house or that a friend invited you over because he or she really needed a listening ear? Regularly unplug from the digital world, and it won’t take you long to see an opportunity to reach out in a more personal way.
Choose to love.
Another way to help those around you is by simply loving them. God loves us, and He asks us to love each other.
"Service doesn't have to be big and grandiose to be meaningful and make a difference," Cheryl A. Esplin taught.
You can love and serve those around you by smiling at a stranger, hugging a friend who is struggling, or complimenting a colleague on his or her hard work.
How do you lend a helping hand to those around you each day?