Each of us has an inherent power to make a difference in the world around us, a power that is all too easy to forget. Bombarded with a seemingly endless cycle of catastrophic news, a kind word or good deed here and there might feel like a drop in the ocean. We've probably all heard something along the lines of "if it makes a difference to just one person, it matters," and there's a reason this sentiment has permeated the acceptance speeches of Nobel Peace Prize winners and high school graduates alike: not only is it true, it's mutually beneficial.
In this episode of Mentally Stronger, I explore how altruism can be expressed in big and small ways, both through specific actions and a general attitude of generosity, empathy, and goodwill. I highlight the strong link between altruism and happiness, its physical health benefits, and the value of repeated practice, both with yourself and others, in bringing improved health, happiness, and overall quality of life.