Why You Should Roll-up Your Sleeves to Serve
Engaging in good deeds and acts of kindness have real health benefits. In short, when you help others, you help yourself. Here are just 3 ways that lending a helping hand in your community promotes your mental and physical health.
- Improve Your Self Worth. Helping others improves your sense of self-efficacy. You get the opportunity to perform tasks for which you can see the fruit of your labor. You connect to a larger goal and are motivated by why you are doing.it. When you are able to see how your actions are helping others, you are immediately rewarded. This improvement in your self worth will keep you mentally and emotionally healthy. This is why Team Kids’ hands-on, youth-led service projects led West Ed to conclude that the Team Kids Challenge increased youth participants’ sense of self-efficacy.
2. Tap Into Your Happiness.
Humans are social animals. The fact that we are designed to bond and interact with others is evident in the way our brains respond to human touch and human connection. Our brains release feel good chemicals (such as dopamine, endorphins and oxytocin) when we connect with others and the same goes for when we help others. These are the chemicals that help prevent and fight against depression and stress. This is why our Team Kids Youth Council always serves with smiles.
3. Live Longer. Helping others helps our mental health and chemically helps reduce stress, so it’s no wonder it is connected to better longevity in several studies. Volunteerism is linked to a reduction in mortality rates. Serving your community will help you build a long life filled with well-being. As our Team Kids kids create a better today for others, they create a brighter tomorrow for themselves.
Need further inspiration? Follow our Team Kids Youth Council as they serve across America and help others in 14 U.S. cities in 14 days this summer!
To see a comprehensive study on the benefits of helping others, read bioethicist Stephen Post’s work.