Altruism Boosts Your Well-being

Any action intended to enhance the welfare of another is considered altruistic. Altruism has been shown in studies to increase subjective well-being. There is evidence from studies that volunteering is more closely associated with happiness than monetary donations.

Altruism refers to actions taken for the benefit of another person or to lessen their suffering without any anticipated intrinsic reward for the actor and without any expectation of compensation. Volunteering, financial giving, and blood donation are examples of common altruistic behaviors.

Altruism frequently reflects the reality that the altruist sincerely appreciates the beneficiary’s welfare and has an innate desire to enhance that welfare.

The key takeaway is that those who were able to drastically rewire their neural networks and brain patterns in a physiological manner to improve their health and happiness were those who were able to discover greater meaning, purpose, and joyful aim in their lives.

In this setting, the positive relationship between altruism and wellbeing seems to be reciprocal, as altruistic individuals who are happy have been seen to perform more altruistic acts.

Better still if it was carried out discreetly!  Being helpful to others is a wonderful tool for wellbeing, but you must be sure that your motivation is not self-seeking, but pure altruism.

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