Altruism…..
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Submitted by Kay Rosenthal PhD, RN – Guest blogger, EPNRC volunteer

Altruism….

In January I blogged about “Karma Yoga”, being of service without seeking personal benefit in return.

In February I am sharing highlights from Tony Stubblebine, founder of Coach.me.  He talks about “ten science-backed reasons for altruism”.  A few were new to me. Others are reminders of things we have heard but might forgot to do.

  • “Generosity…. cooperation or even allowing others higher payoffs” are more successful strategies than attempting to dominate others.
  • “Be the first to speak up in a meeting – and say something positive about someone else”.  WOW!  That’s a lovely idea!  What a great way to start a meeting on a positive note!
  • Want to “lower your blood pressure and increase your psychological well-being”?  Volunteering your time and skills is shown to improve your health.
  • By your role modeling altruistic behaviors your children will “feel better, behave better, and reduce bullying”. Anything we can do as adults to reduce bullying in schools and in our own workplaces will make a positive impact on our lives and on the lives of others.
  • I think we have all heard it is “better to give than to receive”. Tony says that “Spending money on others can increase your happiness more than spending it on yourself”.
  • Have you noticed that when you do good deeds in the workplace it makes you happier and more satisfied as an employee?
  • Are you “paying it forward”? Like in the TV ad where you see one person doing something nice so that person does something nice to the next person they encounter and it goes on and on.  Tony says that, “Witnessing acts of altruism makes people more likely to be altruistic themselves”.
  • Want to inspire good works in others?  “Altruism is a quality of charismatic leadership”.
  • Have you heard of the “helper’s high”? “You can get an instant change in mood from altruistic acts” according to Tony.
  • “Giving to others reduces stress and can increase life expectancy”.

Which of these have you incorporated in your life?  Which one(s) will you start doing in 2017?  Think about it and let us know or show us in your next meeting. So even if you aren’t being altruistic for personal benefits it’s nice to know that you reap benefits regardless. NO harm in that!

Based on Tony Stubblebine “10 Science-Backed Reasons for Altruism” Here’s the link:  www.facebook.com/coachdotme/posts/967871763346517

 

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