As those who read my blog know, I got really sick over the weekend with a sinus cold. It seems like every year at this time I get them and they are seriously miserable. And frankly I would have laid in bed all day today being miserable if I hadn’t already committed several months ago to speak at Brigham Young University to several hundred students in the Introduction to Entrepreneurship class. Canceling last minute on them wasn’t an option so I got myself out of bed and I went and gave the talk and I am so glad that I did because it’s just a fact that: Nothing lifts your spirit like doing service for others.
It’s true – it’s impossible not to feel good when you are out serving others. Just think for a second of any time you have been doing something nice for someone else – you know you felt good while doing it! That’s because serving others has been scientifically proven to help you reduce stress, combat depression, and help you feel healthier and happier. It’s even been shown to increase your level of self-confidence, which is ironic because it’s through focusing on others that you feel better about you!
It FEELS GOOD to get outside of yourself and go out and serve others. Even on days when your head is pounding and your nose is running. Trust me, I know firsthand that its true because even though getting out of bed was the last thing I wanted to do today, I am so glad that I did it. And while my cold isn’t magically cured for having served others, at least I am feeling good on the inside.
You want to know something else that felt really good today? Coming home to find that while I had been out serving others, my sweet Mother had come over to serve me by bringing over chicken soup and chicken flavored crackers for me. What a GREAT MOM! She made my day! So you see – not only will you feel better when you get out and serve others, often times, the good you do comes back at you tenfold…in this case in the form of chicken soup and crackers 🙂
Have a blessed day by blessing the life of someone else today.
~Amy Rees Anderson