Sharing and Caring
Thursday, December 01, 2016
A survey by the Institute for the Advancement of Health was conducted of people who volunteered throughout the United States from large cities to rural areas. The study found 95 percent of those who had regular personal contact with the individuals they helped were blessed with a feel-good sensation that became known as “helper's high.” However, if the contact was not both regular and personal, the feeling vanished.
“The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself.” ~Proverbs 11:25
One volunteer wrote, “Some months ago I was so stressed out that I could barely get four hours sleep at night and I had all sorts of aches and pains. I had even tried antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs, but to no avail. Then I found out firsthand that it is love that truly heals. When I do nice things, I definitely feel a physical response. For me it is mostly a relaxation of muscles that I hadn't even realized had been tensed... I can now sleep well at night, and most of my aches and pains have disappeared.”
In practical terms, helping others produces long-term health benefits, including relief from back pain and headaches, lower blood pressure, and a reduction of overeating and alcohol and drug abuse.
Defending the dignity of those we help always brings the best results. In a famous statement, Lila Watson, an Australian Aboriginal woman, responded to mission workers, “If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us walk together.”
“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.” ~Hebrews 13:16
The true follower of Jesus doesn't participate in blaming and complaining. Instead, she fixes relationships through creative, redemptive action. Viktor Frankl proclaims, “Freedom is only part of the story and half the truth... that is why I recommend that the Statue of Liberty on the East Coast be supplemented by the Statue of Responsibility on the West Coast.”
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