From biblical times to the present, people have been called upon to help others because (1) your Creator requires it and (2) it is the right thing to do. Both clinicians tell us that a consistent commitment to helping others is great for you in all sorts of medically provable ways and is therefore the “miracle drug” of their title.
There is a catch. Like the old joke about politicians learning to fake sincerity, the plan only works if it’s selfless altruism, as opposed to doing deeds in order to look good or hope to get something in return. “The more you think about it, the better the benefit,” says Mazzarelli.
The Weekly editors The review said that “this well-researched investigation makes a compelling case for a counterintuitive argument.”
Which means? As CNN host Michael Smerconish put it, the current mainstream industry orthodoxy of “self-help” teaches people to “focus on themselves” and not others. Journalists will want to play all of this in front of some religious scholars and parish clergy.
The authors build their case from clinical anecdotes, survey research, neuroscience and impact on the “fantastic four” chemicals praised by pharmacology. Some of the beneficial results they claim include better overall health, energy, resilience, happiness, career success, and even higher earnings, as well as less burnout, depression, and anxiety. It’s all free and, they boast, “without harmful side effects.”
On a practical level, Mazzarelli encourages those interested that “it is not so difficult to train to take care”. Just ask yourself to think differently, create habits, and look for opportunities to help. You don’t even need a major commitment for, say, substantial volunteer work at a local charity. “Sixteen minutes a day makes a difference,” he says.
Smerconish: “It sounds too good to be true.”
Mazzarelli: “It’s absolutely true. Science shows it.
Given America’s recent heartbreak, The Guy can’t help but think how much healthier teenagers would be if they emulated, say, the students at Ramapo High School who volunteer at his retirement residence to teach children. old people how to handle the gadgets of our technological age.
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