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11 Aug
Helping others and yourself!

It’s often been said that it’s better to give than to receive, but did you know that this so called cliché is actually backed by research? While many of us feel too stressed and busy to worry about helping others with their burdens, or would like to think about doing good deeds when we have more ‘spare’ time, energy and money, altruism is its own reward, and can actually help you relieve stress. Altruistic acts can improve your quality of life in several ways, and are absolutely worth the effort. Here are some ways that helping others helps you:

 

Psychological Wellbeing

Studies show that altruism is good for your emotional well-being, and can measurably enhance your peace of mind. For example, one study found that dialysis patients, transplant patients and family members who became support volunteers for other patients experienced increased personal growth and emotional well-being. Another study on patients with multiple sclerosis showed that those who offered other MS patients peer support actually experienced greater benefits than their supported peers, including more pronounced improvement on confidence, self-awareness, self-esteem, depression and daily functioning. Those who offered support generally found that their lives were dramatically changed for the better.

 

Increased Social Support

Studies also show that what goes around generally does come around. More specifically, when people make altruistic personal sacrifices, they end up reaping what they sow in the form of favors from others. These individuals earn the reputation as altruistic people and end up receiving favors from others who they may not have even directly helped. The favors and social support you ‘earn’ through altruism, combined with the good feelings you get from helping others (see above), more than make up for sacrifices made in the name of altruism.

 

Keeping Things In Perspective

Many people don’t realize the strong impact that their comparisons have on their outlook. However, your expectations of life and the people you compare yourself to can make a real difference in your level of life satisfaction. For example, your home may seem shabby to you if you’re comparing it to the living rooms you see in the pages of decorating magazines, or it may seem palatial and opulent compared to the structures inhabited by people in impoverished countries. Helping others in need, especially those who are less fortunate than you, can provide you with a sense of perspective on how fortunate you are to have what you do in life — be it health, money, or a safe place to sleep, and help you focus less on the things you feel you lack. Helping others with their problems can also help you gain a more positive perspective on the things in life that cause you stress.

 

Building a Better Community

When you do something nice for someone else, often the positive effects go beyond just you and that other person, influencing your whole community. One of my favorite illustrations of this phenomenon is in the movie Pay It Forward where one boy’s good deeds have far-reaching positive consequences. When you do nice things for others, you often enable them to do nice things for others, and the phenomenon grows. Your children and your friends may see your good example and behave in more altruistic ways as well. As Ghandi said, “You must be the change you want to see in the world,” and you can contribute to a more positive community.

 

Stress Relief

When you feel stressed and overwhelmed, you may feel like you’re least able to give. However, acts of altruism can be a great form of stress relief. Studies have shown that the act of giving can activate the area of the brain associated with positive feelings, lifting your spirits, and making you feel better the more you give. And given that altruism can lead to lasting emotional well-being, a more positive perspective, a positive effect on others, and better social standing, altruism certainly does the job as a healthy means for relieving stress and increasing life satisfaction.

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Author - Jesse B
7 Nov
National Down Syndrome Awareness Week!

“Greg and the Boys were published in the National Down Syndrome Awareness Week. I shared with Greg that if we get over 300 likes we will discuss another concert!” – Daniel Rossi

You can view the original page here: http://cdss.ca/ndsaw/2013/11/dan-and-greg/

There are thousands of people living with disabilities in our world. Thousands suffer from the injustice of discrimination and isolation placed on them by society and culture. Thousands are waiting for YOU to say hello. A simple hello can make a world of difference.

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By Daniel Rossi

Never underestimate the impact and influence that someone can have in your life.  For me, that was through a boy with a disability. That boy quickly turned into my friend and that friend has re-shaped my thoughts on love, friendship and vulnerability.  It started with a simple ‘Hello’ and from that moment on, one of the most beautiful stories of my life began.

Watching Greg perform.

Watching Greg perform.

Life is a journey of unpredictable consequence, a struggle for identity and survival, a constant battling to feel loved and known, and a desire to experience the best this world has to offer.  When I look back to the day I met Greg in a public pool 16 years ago I’m grateful for the courage that stirred inside me to say ‘hello’.  Undoubtedly, my life would have taken a different direction, and I cannot imagine a life without Greg.

There are thousands of people living with disabilities in our world.  Thousands suffer from the injustice of discrimination and isolation placed on them by society and culture.  Thousands are waiting for YOU to say hello.  A simple hello can make a world of difference.

The Story About Friendship  describes a friendship between perfect strangers – a boy with a disability and boy who did not have a disability.  The story doesn’t end when the book concludes – simply because both boys are now men and continue to experience one of the most natural friendships this world has to offer.  From high school to a seven year journey in a band that sang Backstreet Boys – Greg and I have seen many things together and we continue to look forward to seeing more.

Greg has taught me the concept of vulnerability as a kind of power.  It’s not always easy to see power in vulnerability in this painful mess of our world.  My father taught me to look for the presence of Jesus in humanity within and around me and now I’ll extend that perspective to those with disabilities.  I can recognize Him in this indomitable drive to create, this joyous compulsion to liberate, and a tender, courageous vulnerability.

For a copy of A Story about Friendship please email the author Daniel Rossi  at:  daniel.rossi7@gmail.com

 

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