Mental Health Awareness
There is something eerily beautiful about the topic of mental health. No, we are not going to talk about being suicidal or depression, for those topics, you can look for it in other sources in the internet. It will not be discussed here. What will be discoursed in this article is improving your mental health, so you won’t feel depressed or anxious about your life. Although there are a lot of ways to improve your mental health, we will focus on one method right now – doing good deeds.
Doesn’t it sound different? I bet it would seem so. You might be wondering how doing good will keep you sane, or mentally healthy (the latter is better sounding). Surprisingly, it is a very significant factor.
According to Aristotle, there two types of joy. One is being hedonic, or an approach that focuses on achieving pleasure for yourself and avoiding pain. Another is eudaimonia, which focuses on meaning and self-realization. And you can find a lot of meaning and self-realization by doing good deeds. Scientific studies show that eudaimonia brings about more joy than its counterpart. Yes, this article is backed up by science.
Don’t believe us yet? Try doing a selfless, good deed later after reading this. It doesn’t have to be a big deed, it doesn’t even have to be something that you should be recognized for. Try helping and old woman cross the street, help a kid to reach that cookie jar, pay some of your mom’s bills, wash the dishes in the house, teach someone about happiness, giving advice and being there to your friends or people who are depressed and experiencing anxiety, donate clothes or food to people, to name a few. You will immediately feel lighter after doing it. It will improve your emotions, you will feel a lot happier once you do it.
Don’t just do a good deed because we told you so. Do something worthwhile with your life because you chose to. Also, when you do a good deed, don’t be so proud of it. Always do a good deed without expecting gratification. Always do a good deed without expecting something in return. Your mental state will be a lot better afterwards.
Once you feel happy after doing something good, why don’t you tell others to do it too? That way is also considered a good deed. It will let other people do good and eventually improve their mental health too.
Now that you’ve done something small and told others to do good deeds, how about leveling it up, taking it up a notch? Try joining any non-profit humanitarian organization near you and expect to be less depressed and complaining about life. If you’ve got a million dollars laying around your house, you can even make your own foundation/organization. Now that’s just awesome.
Okay. Enough reading now. It is now time to do a good deed. Don’t worry. Start from something small. Always do. Afterwards level it up. Don’t just stop with yourself. Let others join in on your goal to achieve great mental health.