I’ve been reading lately about our happiness set point. Turns out we hover around this point and though we may win the lottery or experience great joy from certain events in our lives, we will always come back to our default setting.
According to happiness expert Professor Jonathon Haidt, the only thing that raises our happiness set point for any length of time is connecting with a cause higher than ourselves.
Because we’re hardwired for self preservation and the pursuit of happiness, the most selfish thing we can do is help other people.
Another happiness expert Brian Mullaney says“If only we could be exposed to the truth about the many joys and benefits of helping others while we’re young, it would change the world”
Giving and serving lowers our blood pressure, increases the feel good hormone oxytocin which is also released when we eat good food and hug and kiss, and increases our sense of purpose and in turn our self esteem.
The rush we get from giving can enhance our mood for hours if not days.
Helping others is good for us heart and soul, not least because of what we learn from the ‘helped’ – resilience, gratitude, strength, the ability to turn circumstances around…the list is long.
We’d love you to ‘selfishly’ help us get 50 Girls back to school in 2015. We need about $5000 by early January to do that.
Thank you, we’re so glad we could help you out, we love being selfish too…
Jane for team ‘a Girl & her world’