Giving, philanthropy, humanitarian & performing altruistic acts boosts our performance levels.
A long line of research including a recent study of over 2000 people showed that acts of altruism decreased stress & strongly contributed to enhanced mental health. So if you want to be healthier, happier and have less stress… give.
There was a recent study of 46 people who were all given $20. Half were asked to spend the money on themselves, yet the other half was asked to spend the money on other people, maybe give it to charity; take someone deserved out to lunch or just spend it on an experience for someone else. This study showed that the people that spent it on themselves were not as happy as the ones that gave to others.
What this study shows is that when we give, this ignites our self worth to humanity and connects our heart, which in turn allows us to feel good about the act and about ourselves.
Bob Buford, author of Half Time talks about the difference between success & significance. He talks about how most people look at success as a fatter wallet, and the possession of materialistic stuff. He then speaks about the importance of significance and how some of us have a half time in our lives where we turn our focus from success to significance, which is, to make a difference in others lives.
Doing altruistic or significant acts boosts our happiness and performance levels as we gain stimulation and a sense of achievement within the act of giving.
My wife and I started a non-for-profit Foundation recently, working with the true poorest of the poor. Most people think they know who the poorest of the poor is but the reality is that the poorest people in the world are the children living with a disability in developing worlds, as they are even outcasts from their own families.
What we have found is that even the local community in the villages where we are working, have become more driven and motivated from seeing that we are helping, thus they have been inspired to help as well.
Altruistic acts are not necessarily starting a Foundation, but it can be as simple as opening the door for someone else, shouting someone to lunch or one of my favourites is when I drive through McDonalds with my kids, we pay for the cars meal behind us, we are all so excited about doing this that it boosts our energy and happiness levels.
What are you doing right now within your teams to ignite them to think about adding value to others… thus boosting high performance within your bottom line!