Remember that Friends Episode where Joey argued about the nature of altruism – that there is no act that is truly selfless? Well, I think he might be right……There are a lot of fads and philosophies about food, health, and well being. Social media sites regularly bombard us and we are constantly encouraged to try different things to improve our overall sense of wellness.
What about the wellness of those around us? What if we could feel better about ourselves by helping others? What if it’s OK to be selfish (!!) and improve our own wellness because we are also being selfless (to a degree, thanks Joey!) by first helping others and their state of well being?
Aside from warm fuzzies generated when you give someone your parking ticket that still has time left on it – especially when it’s to someone who looks rushed or upset – there’s now a growing body of evidence to suggest that giving can actually improve your overall well being. Here’s a 1 minute podcast from Tania Harris with more thoughts on this (thanks LifeFm for the link!). http://www.visionwest.org.nz/Blogs/Giving%20is%20Good%20for%20You%20-%20God%20Conversations.mp3
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