Nowadays, it’s all about stress and stress management therapies. Each one of us can recollect how we feel at the end of a work day when worries begin to pile up. But it would seem that a team of scientists might have actually stumbled upon a cure which can relieve some of the negative emotions associated with stress. Giving aid may chase the gloom away and not in the biblical sense of do unto other what would other do unto you.
The study containing this conclusion was drafted by a team of researchers from the Yale University School of Medicine and was recently published in the Clinical Psychological Magazine. According to this new study, it would seem that negative emotion associated with perceived stress can be diminished if an individual, during a day, is likely to engage in pro-social activities.
What this study entails is that simple, daily good deeds such as helping someone cross the street or holding the door for someone can actually help you fan out negative emotions associated with stress. A good deed at its time can have tremendous effects on you well-being.
The results were validated by the means of a clinical study involving several volunteers. As such, 77 people were invited to participate in this study, all of them having ages ranging from 18 to 44 years old. The study itself was conducted over a 14-day period, in which time, the participants were asked to ascertain their level of daily stress.
Moreover, the candidates were asked also required to note down any act that may have contributed to a decrease in stress level. Using these guidelines, the participants had to complete each day a survey which implied ten questions about their positive and negative emotion. Each candidate has to grade each experience from 0 to 100, according to their state of mind, with 0 representing a tense state and 100 representing a happy state.
The end results have confirmed the doctor’s assumption: it’s the small things we do every day that matter the most. Even the most stressful day can be brought back to life if we give someone a helping hand.
This we should keep in mind because the holiday season is coming. And we all know how stressful the period before Christmas can be: planning your vacation, searching for gifts and setting everything right at work. Just remember: if by chance you encounter someone who needs help, go ahead and lend it.
Your gesture will bring a smile to someone’s face and will make you feel even better.