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Experience the beauty and power of ‘Helping’

Upasana Kamineni Konidela

Wellbeing Curator

3 min read

“Helping one person might not change the whole world, but it could change the world for one person.” ‘To help’ is a power. ‘To be helped’ is healing. Help is a unique, beautiful experience that touches the heart of both the giver, and the taker.

Help has never been so relevant than in the times of COVID. Some lost jobs, some suffered ill health, some felt helpless, and some more underwent mental anxiety! What can break this chain of despondency? Help!

Helping each other during these difficult times can nurture and boost confidence among people. Helping has several health benefits too. Studies say that people who ‘help’ live long. Helping and volunteering results in 24% lower risk of early death. Helping is equivalent to having six or more servings of fruits and vegetables every day. What’s more? Helping results in lowered blood glucose levels, low inflammation levels, and low cholesterol. Help improves the cardiovascular health of a person and reduces the chances of viral infections. To help for life and well-being!

U do not have to be perfect. Having a bad day is all right. Seek help. It is an act of bravery and courage. On the flip side, also, help others. It is a key to living a good life.

Studies also find that simple act of kindness even for random strangers can control leukocyte genes that are responsible for inflammation. As a result, it has a positive effect on controlling arthritis, cancer and diabetes.

Helping boosts brain health as well. Did U know that engaging Urself in kind, emotional activity like helping can lower the intensity of UR pains? Our brain reacts to emotional feeling like ‘help’ in a positive manner. The FMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) scanning reports show that when actions are helpful, we experience less pain. Helping is a pleasurable experience that also leads to improved sleeping, hearing and blood pressure.

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The Science of Caregiving

The neurons of the brain celebrate when it experiences pleasure through help. The brain’s fear center, amygdala, slows down under the activity of kindness. The reward regions of the brain, the septal area and the ventral striatum, light up under support and love. Help controls stress and helps regulate the working of the nervous system.
While a lot depends on genes, empathy, kindness and the intent to help are something that can be learned too.

Reasons for U to help
  • Helpful persons are looked as desirable friends.
  • People remember helpful persons for long.
  • Helpful people develop healthy social relationships.
  • Helpful people get to participate in multiple social events.
  • Helpful people are motivated people.
  • Helpful persons experience a fuzzy, warm feeling during the act of ‘help’.
Tips to become a more helpful person
  1. Be aware of others’ needs.
  2. Always end your conversations asking for help.
  3. Start small.
  4. Greet people with a smile. It makes U more approachable.
  5. Don’t just sit back; take action.
  6. Begin with volunteering.
Points to remember for those seeking help
  1. Do not hesitate to seek help. It makes U strong.
  2. Visit a coach, therapist, friend or family member when U R in a crisis, and need help.
  3. Make a habit to help others.
  4. Helping distinguishes U from others. It boosts UR well-being.
  5. Doing nice things for others is beneficial for both physical and mental health.
  6. By helping others, U help URself!