Principle of Health #4: Helping Others

So much joy!

So much joy!

A principle is a rule or law that never changes.  In this blog we will cover just 7 of the numerous principles of health.  So far we have gone over 3 of them:

#1 – Man Comes in 3-D: Man is a combination of mind, body, and spirit [2/1/13].

#2 – The Force is With You: We are all born with a certain amount of vital force [5/31/13].

#3 – What’s Blood Got to Do With It?  To have good health, we must have good blood [7/19/13].

And now, principle #4: Doing Good is a powerful promoter of good health.  In the book, 8 Secrets of a Healthy 100, pages 93-94 [on Amazon.com], the authors say this, “The health impact of helping others is stronger than exercising four times a week and attending religious services.”  Awesome.

And in the book, Mind, Character, and Personality, vol. 2, page 642, the author says this, “The pleasure of doing good to others imparts a glow to the feelings which flashes through the nerves, quickens the circulation of the blood, and induces mental and physical health.”

This kind of helping or doing good is based on a love for other human beings.  It’s totally unselfish and does not look for anything in return – not even a thank you.  There may be times when receivers of our kindness say nothing.  That’s Ok.  The joy is in doing it because there is a need.  And joy is truly a wonderful ‘side effect’ of helping.  Some call it ‘the helper’s high’.

I’ve experienced this ‘high’ so many times.  It flows all over and through me making me feel like I’m walking on air.  The above picture was taken at Jones Beach, New York, in the summer of 1987.  Yes, I already had MS, [had a limp] but I was doing some missionary work.  It filled me with so much joy and satisfaction!  I think the picture captured all of it. 

Now, just because we have a disease, illness, or some issue, doesn’t mean we stay home and do nothing.  Sick folks need to have something useful to do.  It takes our minds off self and focuses it on others or something else.  Thinking too much about self encourages sadness and self-pity.  And sadness weakens the circulation in the blood vessels and nerves, and invites sickness, disease, and even death.

You may ask, “What can I give, if I don’t have a lot of money?  I don’t have much either.  But here are some ways I give: I love to smile at folks and kids; offer encouraging words; make phone calls, send cards or emails; offer to pray for some; give a ‘God bless you’ to others; if I have extra cash [$5, 10, or 20] I put it in an envelope and give it to two struggling senior citizens at church; and more.  But if there is a need for cash, that I don’t have, I’ll ask people to donate [family, friends, and church members].  And they respond.

Generous donations made it possible to get supplies for feeding many needy families one Thanksgiving; feeding and giving clothes and toys one Christmas – for numerous families; for getting a tutor for a boy who couldn’t read; and even getting hand puppets for two little boys.

Those in need are all around us, and come in all economic brackets.  But wherever possible, try helping those who have less than we do. 

Giving or helping makes the mind free, gives a sense of satisfaction, makes us cheerful, puts twinkles in our eyes, floods us with joy – and if that wasn’t enough, it also helps the mind and body heal.  We may not be rid of our illnesses, but we will feel better and enjoy a better quality of life.  So, if you are sad, lonely, or need to get high’, go help someone!

That’s all for now.  See you next time.

 

Copyright© 2013 Regina Spence

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