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How helping others can make you feel happier

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Christmas is the season of love, the season of family, and the season of joy. But for some single parents, it can also be a very difficult time of year. Whether financial constraints make it difficult to put presents under the tree, you’re dealing with the loss of loved ones, or you will be away from your kids Christmas morning, this season of joy may not be bringing you smiles.

One way to help you increase your happiness is to help others. In a recent study by the German Socio-Economic Panel, “the more we focus on compassionate action, on helping others, the happier we seem to become…” One reason that this happens is that as you help others, your sense of value or purpose is increased. The greater sense of purpose we assign to the value of our lives, the happier we become.

Ironically though, it is when we are in most need of happiness, when we are the most stressed, that we are the least likely to help others. And, for helping others to increase your happiness to work, it has to be done by your own free will. If you can make the conscious decision to help others, it “can provide [you] with enthusiasm, encouragement, and even joy,” says Dr Alex Lickerman.

If one lights a fire for others, one will brighten one’s own way --Nichiren Daishonin

Ways to help others:

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