6 Ways True Happiness in Life Comes from Helping Others

November 15, 2023

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Written By - Ravi Shankar (GoodMindKeeping)

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We all strive for happiness, but sometimes the path to true joy is less about what we can acquire and more about what we can give.

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Here, I've compiled a list of six ways true happiness in life comes from helping others. 

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1. Cultivating Empathy

Empathy is more than just understanding someone else's perspective. It is the gateway to a richer human experience. 

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When we help others, we open ourselves up to their experiences, their hopes, their fears. This is not always comfortable, it can often be deeply challenging. 

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2. Fostering Gratitude 

Gratitude is strongly associated with greater happiness. It improves our health, helps us deal with adversity and builds strong relationships. 

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Helping others is not just about making their lives better. It is also about appreciating the good in our own lives.

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3. Discovering Purpose

The discovery of purpose can be the foundation for a truly happy life.

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When we help others and witness the positive impact we can make, it not only brings immediate happiness but also gives us a deep sense of fulfillment and meaning. 

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4. Boosting Our Mood

By choosing to help others, we're not just improving their lives, but also actively boosting our own mood and overall well-being. 

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The path to true happiness might just be found in the simple act of extending a helping hand.

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5. Building Stronger Relationships 

When we help others, we share experiences, understand different perspectives and cultivate empathy.

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In a world where connections often feel superficial, helping others offer a route to build genuine bonds, enriching our lives with the joy of companionship. 

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6. Promoting A Sense of Belonging 

In my own life, I've found that one of the most powerful ways to cultivate this sense of belonging is through service to others.

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Through helping others, we not only improve our communities and make them better places to live, but we also affirm our place within them.

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When we reach out to help others, we are also helping ourselves. The path to true happiness lies not in seeking it for ourselves but in creating it for others.

We are nurturing our own happiness by cultivating empathy, fostering gratitude, discovering purpose, boosting our mood, building stronger relationships and promoting a sense of belonging.