Want Instant Happiness? TRY THIS

Instant happiness can be achieved through a “Runner’s High,” which is triggered by the body’s release of endorphins, the feel-good chemical in the brain, during exercise.  But did you know you can experience the same euphoria without ever having to break a sweat?

It’s called the “Helper’s High,” a term coined by psychologists and researchers because they found when individuals acted generously, they became instantly happier. Giving to others actually induces an autonomic response similar to a Runner’s High.  If you’ve ever done something kind for someone and the person was so happy that it made you feel happy too, you’ve experienced this phenomenon.

Surveying 136 countries, a Harvard Business School study revealed that people who were financially generous, such as giving to charity, in fact, were happiest overall.
So how do you achieve your own Helper’s High? With opportunities to donate or volunteer throughout the year, a dose of happiness is just a YMCA away.

For the past decade, North Valley Family YMCA has provided thousands of meals to families in need through its Annual Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway. Each basket is filled with everything needed for a complete Thanksgiving meal, including a turkey, side dishes and dessert.  You can help by dropping off a donation of non-perishable food items to the North Valley Family Y or signing up to help assemble food baskets on November 14th.

On December 15th, Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA will host its Annual Toy Giveaway for the communities of East Los Angeles and Boyle Heights. Over 4,000 children will receive a toy and families will enjoy a warm meal while celebrating the holidays with music, games and a visit from Santa. Toy donations are currently being accepted at the Weingart East LA Y branch and toy drive volunteer opportunities are available.

It was revealed that when one performs an act of kindness, it produces a ripple effect. Those receiving the altruistic gift are inspired to perform an act of kindness of their own. By finding your happiness by giving generously, you can inspire a chain reaction of kindness. How awesome is that?

To discover opportunities to find your happy, contact your local Y.

It seems the adage, “It’s better to give than to receive,” is truer than we thought.