If you water the plants for your elderly neighbor, of course it’s good for them, but did you know that it’s likely good for you too?
“Research indicates that those who consistently help other people experience less depression, greater calm, fewer pains and better health. They may even live longer. Helping others has actually been shown to reduce stress and help you.” I like that I found this website because it goes right along with the title of my blog “Help Yourself by Helping Others”.
According to Live Your Life Well, Students who performed five acts of kindness a day increased their happiness. Providing emotional support to others significantly decreased the harmful health effects of certain kinds of stress among older people. People who donated money to charity got a boost in a feel-good part of the brain, as revealed in brain imaging research.
Live Your Life Well from Mental Health America is “dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives.” They advocate, educate, and serve the community to ensure that each member of the community has a healthy life.
Click here if you would like to try the 3 minute screening of your mood today.
The 10 tips Mental Health America gives to feel stronger and more hopeful are:
- Connect with others
- Stay positive
- Get physically active
- Help others
- Get enough sleep
- Create joy and satisfaction
- Eat well
- Take care of your spirit
- Deal better with hard times
- Get professional help if you need it
To help support Mental Health America you can:
- Donate to Mental Health America
- Join the Mental Health America Movement for just $5.00 a month
- Visit their website