Benefits of Helping Others

Coach Jan, MS, BS, NASM, ACE

Jan Green is a personal trainer and health coach certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the American Council on Exercise. She also has a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and a master’s degree in health promotion. Jan is passionate about helping others thrive. She’s dedicated to teaching that health, joy, and quality of life are inextricably connected. A true science geek who is unabashedly authentic, she’s a spunky mix of fact and fun.

We really emphasize sparkle here at LadyBossⓇ. We love glitter, but that’s not what I’m referring to. For us, “sparkle” is an action word. We define “sparkle” as encouraging and uplifting the people around us. 

Think of a diamond. Diamonds do not shine. They are not a source of light. Diamonds sparkle. They take in light and, instead of absorbing it, reflect it in every direction.

We are all surrounded by “light.” Generosity, positivity, happiness, kindness, gratitude. When we’re helping others, we’re like sparkling diamonds reflecting light on all those that surround us.

Benefits of Helping Others

Helping others helps you. It’s true! Scientific research backs up altruism. Here are some of the benefits of helping others:

Helping others is good for our health

Kinder people actually live longer, healthier lives. The Greater Good Science Center at Berkeley lists lower blood pressure, fewer aches & pains, and better overall physical health as possible benefits of altruism.

Helping others is good for our love lives

Researcher David Buss surveyed more than 10,000 people across 37 cultures. There was only one requirement for a mate that spanned all cultures: Kindness. Added bonus, altruists have more sex.

Helping others fights addictionHelping others helps you

New research suggests that helping others fight their addictions can help you stay sober. Stephen Post, the author of “The Hidden Gifts of Helping,” says, “When you are involved in helping others, it blocks off destructive emotions and impulses. You can’t be ruminating or feel hostile and bitter if you’re feeling moved by helping someone else.”

Helping others promotes social connections

Kind acts like volunteering and charitable giving create a sense of belonging to a group and a feeling a closeness to those that you’re serving. Scientific evidence strongly suggests that social connection is a core psychological need. We need it for well-being and life satisfaction.

Social connection is what makes the LadyBossⓇ Community so powerful. We’re thousands of women strong, each of us actively lifting and supporting one another. We would love to have you among us! Try the LadyBossⓇ Lifestyle for free

Helping others makes us happy

This is my favorite reason to help others. Ultimately, we all just want to be happy. One of my favorite quotes is from Mahatma Gandi. He said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

Charitable acts promote a sense of euphoria that psychologists refer to as the “Helper’s High.” Research demonstrates that charitable giving and altruistic actions activate the same part of the brain as receiving rewards or experiencing pleasure. Indeed, happiness is helping others. 

How to “Sparkle”LadyBoss Sparkle

You don’t have to give up your paychecks to charity or your weekends to volunteer to benefit from benevolence. Start small. In your own home, perhaps. Here are some simple ideas:

  • Write a thank-you note — with an actual pen and paper.
  • Call a friend or family member for no other reason than to chat.
  • When you want to make a snide or snarky comment, smile instead.
  • Allow someone else to be “right” even if they may be incorrect.
  • Be gracious and say thank you to those that hold thankless jobs: janitors, garbage collectors, postal workers, etc.
  • Be deliberate and quick to provide a helping hand.
  • Make eye contact and smile at those you pass throughout the day. Venture to say hello.
  • Uplift and encourage those in your community, especially those fighting battles that you’ve fought.

I can’t help but smile as I write this article. Has it helped you? Have I made you smile? Pass it on! Spread the sparkle!



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