Tuesday, November 13, 2007

A Case for Giving Encouragement

Who will support and sustain you when your life faces an uphill battle? Do you operate independently in isolation or do you have a support network that works interdependently to give aid and comfort?

In any gathering of people, statistics show a certain number will face frustrating financial losses, heartbreaking health issues and paralyzing pain in relationships and countless other tragedies. It's not if hard times will come but when. No one escapes that steep hill that becomes impossible to climb alone--because life is full of problems.

Who are you rooting for and who is supporting you to make it to the top of the mountain?

There is power when you live your life with and for a 'band of brothers/sisters' as Ecclesiastes 4:9 says. "Two are better than one...if one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him can one keep warm alone...and one may be overpowered, but two can defend themselves."

Stories abound with the rewards of a generous lifestyle, because both giving and receiving empowers people with a sense of value. But the surprising fact is the latest scientific and psychological research confirms the spirit of giving benefits the giver-more than the receiver-with the biggest payback.

"If you want a better life, better health and the sense of being connected and hopeful in this world, the answer is to give," says bioethicist Stephen Post, Ph.D and author. He says neurotransmitters give off spikes of dopamine, which could be called the 'helper's high' and can be linked to showing compassion, nurturing and giving.

Some of us have known for a long time there is a power transfusion that happens when you connect to your community of loved ones or strangers. So whether it's giving a meal, your seat on the train, money for a cause you believe in, or an encouraging word, let it lead to a lifestyle of generosity.

Your highs will be healthier and happier as a result.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A great blog, Kay. Well done!~ Mark Conner