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Altruism Psychology : The Mental Health Benefits of Giving

With so much contention in the world today, it's easy to assume that people are more selfish now that they once were. That's not actually the case, though.
Charitable giving has increased by [url=https://givingusa.org/giving-usa-2018-americans-gave-410-02-billion-to-charity-in-2017-crossing-the-400-billion-mark-for-the-first-time/]five percent[/url], and Americans have donated more than $400 billion in the last year.
Americans are more charitable than people give them credit for. That doesn't mean there's no room for improvement, though.
Remember, altruism doesn't just make life better for the recipients of the giving. It also comes with a lot of benefits for the giver as well.
Read on to learn more about altruism psychology and all the benefits that come from helping others.
[b]What Is Altruism Psychology?[/b]
Altruism is the act of giving to someone else even if that giving behavior does not provide a direct benefit to you.
An altruistic person goes out of their way to help those in need, regardless of whether they benefit from the help themselves.
There are lots of examples of acts of altruism in the field of psychology. Some specific acts that fall under this umbrella include the following:
[ul][li]Generosity, such as being willing to donate time, money, or possessions to another person[/li] [li]Kindness, such as showing kindness or friendliness or another person or group of people[/li] [li]Volunteering services to others for free[/li] [li]Compassion and showing an awareness of others' suffering (as well as expressing a desire to help relieve that suffering[/li] [/ul]These are just some of the most common examples of altruism. There are lots of ways that one could work to become more altruistic.
[b]Benefits of Altruism[/b]
Altruism is kind of a funny thing.
On the one hand, pure altruism involves acting in a way that benefits others without expecting any kind of benefit in return. At the same time, though, when you serve others selflessly, you end up receiving benefits anyway.
The following are some of the benefits that people tend to experience when they make a habit of acting in an altruistic way:
[b]Greater Feelings of Happiness[/b]
People who are generous and altruistic tend to feel happier than those who are not. This has to do, in part, with the fact that altruistic actions trigger the release of endorphins. Endorphins are chemical messengers that bring about feelings of [url=https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4449495/]positivity and happiness[/url].
[b]Reduced Feelings of Isolation[/b]
Altruistic people tend to develop stronger social networks as a result. A strong social network helps to mitigate feelings of isolation and create a sense of belonging.
[b]More Positive Outlook[/b]
When you give freely to others, it becomes easier to put your own problems in perspective. You'll likely develop a more positive outlook on life when you see what others are experiencing, and you'll be more grateful for the good things you have.
[b]Reduced Stress[/b]
Altruistic individuals also tend to feel less stress than those who are not altruistic. This is likely due to the release of mood-boosting endorphins.
[b]Increased Lifespan[/b]
Finally, helping others can help you to live longer. [url=https://insights.ovid.com/crossref?an=00006842-201307000-00006]Research shows[/url] that those who support others have a longer lifespan than those who do not!
[b]How to Practice Altruism[/b]
Okay, you can see that it pays to be altruistic. The key to becoming a genuinely altruistic person, though, is to give without expecting any benefits in return.
To reach the point, you have to be deliberate about practicing altruism in your day-to-day life. Over time, it'll become second nature to you, and you will be a generous, altruistic person without even trying.
The following are some of the best ways that you can practice being more altruistic:
[b]Make a List[/b]
Start by making a list and thinking of ways you're currently giving to others.
What kind of practices do you already do to make the world a better place? You might be surprised to learn that you're more altruistic than you thought.
[b]Set a Goal[/b]
You don't have to go on a [url=https://www.givology.org/~fananjie/blog/101200/]service trip[/url] or put together a huge project to practice altruism.
Start by setting small goals to try and be more generous. A good starting place is to try and help one person every day.
[b]Visualize[/b]
Spend time each day (ideally in the morning or before you go to bed at night) visualizing yourself helping others.
Picture yourself doing kind and generous acts and making the world a better place. When you do this regularly, you'll have an easier time making your visions into realities.
[b]Expand Your Horizons[/b]
Try to expand your horizons and increase your exposure to people who are different from you. If you spend all your time in an echo chamber, you might not realize that there are people out there who need your help.
[b]Think About Others' Feelings[/b]
Before you do something, think about how it could make another person feel. Don't just think about what you would like. Step outside yourself and consider how another person might interpret your behavior.
[b]Resist the Urge to Share[/b]
These days, when everyone is on social media, it's tempting to broadcast your acts of generosity for the world to see. You might even do it under the guise of trying to raise awareness.
This isn't a great practice for becoming more altruistic, though. Remember, the key to altruism is to give without the expectation of getting something (including recognition online) in return.
[b]Go Above and Beyond[/b]
Look for ways to go beyond the call of duty whenever you can.
This doesn't always have to include grand gestures. It can involve simply helping to answer a question.
For example, if someone asks you "[url=https://www.fithaus.io/pricing.html]how much is a personal trainer[/url]?" and you don't know the answer, do your best to try and help. Do some research on your own and come back to the person who asked with specific answers and recommendations.
Don't just brush them off because you don't have the information right at your fingertips.
[b]Find More Ways to Give Today[/b]
As you can see, there are a lot of benefits that come with practicing altruism.
Keep these ideas in mind, and you'll have a much easier time being generous and finding ways to help others.
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