Helper’s High

Stress-less-speaker-Colette-CarlsonMore proof that when we do something nice for others, we’re the ones reaping the rewards:

A study of college students found that those who received money to spend on someone else reported being in a better mood throughout the day than those who spent the money on themselves.

Recently I had the joy of experiencing a “helper’s high” first-hand during a Costco trip with Mom for a birthday shop. You see, Costco is about 45 minutes from my folk’s home and they aren’t members. How they manage to survive is beyond me, but that’s another story.

Despite my mother’s practical protests, I continued to fill the cart so high with goodies, locating the next free sample was a strain. And yet, it was me who was high as a kite feeling the overwhelming power of giving.  Truthfully, it wasn’t just the coin I was spending, but the time invested in sharing a few distracted-free days with my parents. After all, time was the birthday gift my Mother most desired.

Fellow motivational speaker Marilyn Sherman makes it a point to regularly feed the homeless. Others I know give freely of their time and energy to support the growth of others. Giving of one’s self through volunteering has always been a remedy when feeling sadness. Wonderful to see research continue to support what many of us have come to know: It is better to give than receive.


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  1. Amen, sister.  Sometimes when I reach a victory in my career, I will look back to see if I can see the road that led me here. And it amazes me how often the road to victory isn't lined with things I did right, but rather people I helped.  They say the quickest way to get your mind off of your own troubles is to focus on someone elses's. I agree. So thank you for the precious reminder, Colette. Off to find me a helper's high fix. 

  2. What a fantastically timed reminder, Colette! I know that the holidays can be extremely sad for some people, do a variety of reasons. This could be the perfect time to reach out and give something of myself. In fact, there is a local battered women's shelter that could use a speaker for an upcoming event. I'm thinking its a place where I could make a positive difference. And oh how happy that would make me. Thank you for this potent suggestion!

  3. Thanks Colette!  You must experience this helper high a lot, because you are such a giving, caring person.  That's just one of the things I love about you is how you help others without expectation of anything in return.  Your mom must be so proud! (I can just picture you bopping up and down the aisles of CostCo having a ball with her!)

  4. I once heard it said that when you help someone else out you get caught up in their "happy bubble" right along with them!

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