This video is very touching and why I ALWAYS, ALWAYS do the extra little things – not for any recognition, but to help make someone’s day just a bit better.
Helping another person makes you feel good. It also makes you more appealing to others because most people admire those who help others. Observing people help each other increases a sense of goodwill, which can build unity and responsibility in a community. In addition, by helping others you develop social and work-related skills and feel better about yourself. In other words, by helping others you also help your community and yourself.
The adage that it is better to give than to receive has scientific underpinnings. According to the National & Community Service Corporation, helping others contributes to your overall health and sense of personal worth. This in turn strengthens a sense of shared human experience and goals. Despite wars and other serious disagreements, people have evolved so that they tend to prefer to get along with each other on many levels: parent-to-child, friend-to-friend, stranger-to-stranger.
The hormone oxytocin acts like a cement for trust and love. According to Live Science, oxytocin is linked to mothers bonding with newborns, human mating, development of lasting friendships and even day-to-day acts of generosity. Animals also produce oxytocin, especially during reciprocal tasks such as grooming and feeding. Helping other people boosts your oxytocin, benefits your sense of connection and even improves physical health by lowering blood pressure.
The ability to help others becomes a critical social marker and super healthy – period.!