Those who give will receive in return. The act of altruism is a powerful driving force behind human emotion. We love to hear stories of humans helping humans and we rally behinds those who do great things for the world. Us going out of our way to improve the quality of life of others has been a key aspect in the progression of human evolution.
By helping others, you are making micro changes in the lives of those around you. You can turn a bad day into a great day. You can be the unexpected support that someone has needed. You can be the spark that ignites a ripple of giving and philanthropy. The simple act of assistance is one that is often overlooked, but helping someone, no matter how large or small the act is, takes very little time and effort. Helping those around you will in turn pay dividends for an indefinite amount of time and you will feel great for doing it.
The reason that your acts of generosity will manifest into real success is because of the law of reciprocation. When you do great things for others, then others will begin to do great things for you as well. Lives and business can both be built by going out of your way to help people.
When it comes down to it, everything happens in life because a human is involved with the process. This is the same with business. Behind the veil of every corporation and through the front doors of every small business is a person. By helping that person, then you have added them into your network and are one step closer to your personal or career success.
Altruism isn’t just an external force. When we do kind things for others, when we make a small impact in someones life, our brains reward us on a biochemical level. Oxytocin is the most powerful chemical that is found in the human body. It is responsible for the feeling of love and is released during physical connection. Oxytocin is flooded into a woman’s body when she has a newborn child. Oxytocin even keeps us fit and healthy. High levels of oxytocin in our bodies lead to reduced stress and a healthier, longer life. Perhaps most importantly, oxytocin is released into the body not only when we display acts of generosity, but also when we watch others display acts of generosity.
So what does this tell us? If oxytocin is the one chemical to rule them all, then every action that oxytocin governs is equal from an evolutionary standpoint. And what we do know, is that success in evolution is found through survival. That survival was dependent on humans working together and helping each other to make sure that we were able to live from generation to generation. Each time we helped one another, we were doing something that helped push us towards our collective survival. That survival is a form of success for humans, and thus oxytocin was released into our bodies as a reward.
Thrive Instead of Survive
Success in modern evolution can be mirrored to the survival instinct of previous generations. However survival for us is vastly different than it was 10,000 years ago. Today we now have the opportunity to thrive, rather than survive. We thrive in the business world. We thrive from having abundance to support ourselves and our family. We all have the opportunity to thrive in our own lives. Since thrive is the modern survive, when we help each other to thrive our mind begins to naturally release that magical oxytocin into our bodies. We are rewarding ourselves for the actions that we take to further our ability to thrive. Simply put, to thrive we need to work together!
Our definition success is now going to relate to how we thrive. Whether it is through wealth, relationships, experiences or accomplishments, your own individual version of success is tied into your ability to thrive. To thrive we must help each other, work together, and display acts of generosity to one another. Altruism has a direct relationship to your own success.
How to Help Your Way to Success
Helping others is extremely scalable and can be done in many different ways. From simply picking up a pile of papers dropped on the ground to the heroic act of saving someone from drowning, we can all take small steps to help someone other than ourselves everyday. By taking these actions, we are doing what is natural for us. Helping others is hardwired into who we are.
In business, simply connecting a business owner with someone who may be able to help their company grow or sending a referral to a colleague goes a very long way. When you send a referral, it is almost guaranteed that your name will pop up into their mind first the next time they are in a similar situation. Helping others with their career is one of the most impactful actions you can take.