Mindset

The Missing Link in Your Wellness Routine

Most of us were taught at a young age about the importance of giving back. But did you know that altruism – unselfish deeds that help others – can actually enhance your own health and fitness? That’s not to discount the idea that one should simply do good because it’s, well, good. But it doesn’t hurt to focus on all the wellness perks there are to be had, and get motivated to do more to improve the world we live in (and encourage your friends to do the same).

After all, one good deed leads to another – why not set off your own positive chain reaction? adidas is making it simple for you to do just that by offering you daily “karma quests,” aka small acts of kindness you can do each day, like smiling at a stranger or giving up your seat on the train. To get your next do-good mission, download the ALL DAY app. But first, read on to find out about how all that benevolence will circle right back to you.

PRACTICING KINDNESS CAN MAKE YOU HEALTHIER.

Some research suggests that those who volunteer tend to be generally healthy, in both mind and body. What’s more, helping other people can prevent certain health issues such as acute upper respiratory conditions and depression.

…AND ALSO HAPPIER.

study in the journal Social Science & Medicine found that people who volunteered – no matter what their socio-economic status – were happier than those who didn’t and were more likely to appreciate life. Researchers say it’s most likely due to a boost in empathy that comes from volunteering in addition to other factors. And that in certain instances, volunteering can flip your thinking and make you feel as if you’re “better-off” than you previously thought.

IT CAN WARD OFF BURN-OUT

Research out of the University of Pennsylvania found that doing good can prevent “emotional exhaustion” (aka burning out because you’re overstressed at work, in your relationships, and have a to-do list that’s 18 pages long.) It might seem like tacking on more thing on that list – a good deed – would add fuel to the fire, but it actually seems to have the opposite effect.