Why Pay It Forward?
How can helping someone else help me you might ask. There is nothing like just experiencing it, as soon as you do you will know with out a doubt how this will help improve your life, but just in case you need some enticing simply see the results of a couple of studies below.
An article in Psychology Today titled “What We Get When We Give” (by Christine Carter, Ph.D., 2/18/10) states: “People who volunteer tend to experience fewer aches and pains. Giving help to others protects overall health twice as much as aspirin protects against heart disease. People 55 and older who volunteer for two or more organizations have an impressive 44% lower likelihood of dying — and that’s after sifting out every other contributing factor, including physical health, exercise, gender, habits like smoking, marital status, and many more. This is a stronger effect than exercising four times a week or going to church.”
A study conducted at Harvard University, called this phenomenon the “Mother Teresa Effect.” Researchers showed a film to 132 Harvard students about Mother Teresa’s work among the poor people of Calcutta. They then measured the level of Immunoglobin A present in their saliva. [Note: Immunoglobin A is an antibody that plays a critical role in immunity.] The test revealed markedly increased levels of Immunoglobin A in all the test subjects — this, after simply witnessing somebody else involved in charity work.
Considering the abundance of proof that acts of kindness increase one’s sense of self-worth … enhance feelings of joyfulness … boost one’s sense of physical and emotional well-being … increase sense of happiness, optimism and self-worth … decrease feelings of depression … and diminish the effect of diseases and disorders … one of the best things we can do is find opportunities to extend kindness, and teach children to do the same.
Additional research has shown as well that seratonin (a specific chemical released by the brain to make you feel good, the same chemical released with exercise and with sex) levels in people who had something nice done to them increased. IN ADDITION the seratonin levels in people who observed this increased just as much AND IN ADDITION the seratonin levels in people who performed the act of kindness increased to the same degree as the person who received the act of kindness.
My own experience, when fighting severe depression a few years ago, was that the only thing that brought me out of the depression, not even medication could bring me out of, was when I started writing letters to loved ones telling them how much I loved them, how much they meant to me and why. That is what pulled me out of depression when nothing else could.
Additional research is available from all over the globe however sometimes it just comes down to proving it to yourself by doing it yourself.
What Goes Around Comes Around…What You Give is What You Get… Give and it shall be given unto you…KARMA!!!!
Think about any of these short sayings and then think about the concept of PAYING IT FORWARD! Giving something to improve someone’s life with out expecting anything in return for yourself. Doing something for someone who can never repay you.
This is what life is all about. Doing for others and expecting NOTHING in return for yourself. This is what we are on this planet to do, help others, give of ourselves. Once you start to understand this and start to experience this you will soon KNOW what we are talking about. It will make you feel AMAZING!!! Try it…we dare you. Join us for one of our projects, join us for our PAY IT FORWARD FRIDAYS or for our GRATEFUL MONDAYS or go out yourself and JUST DO IT!
You will very quickly understand why you will want to pay it forward not only today, tomorrow, or next week but for the rest of your life.
So go prove it to yourself and find out for yourself if it makes a difference in your life. It costs you nothing and could improve your life more than you have ever dreamed!!!
Change your life for the better right now.