Blueprint for Happiness

Blueprint for Happiness: Helping Others Helps You

April 7, 2023
Volunteering at St Mary's Food Bank

While many people search for happiness through material possessions and success, research suggests that helping others will bring you more joy than any fancy car or promotion could.

Helping others comes in many different shapes and forms. It could mean volunteering with a nonprofit or something as simple as carrying in your neighbor's groceries. You’ll undoubtedly boost the mood of those around you when you lend a helping hand. A bonus? You’ll experience a mood boost too!

And it’s not just a fleeting feeling - helping others can lead to sustainable happiness. For example, studies show that volunteering regularly reduces stress and increases positivity. It activates the reward centers in our brains, releasing feel-good chemicals like dopamine. Additionally, research shows that volunteering leads to lower rates of depression and anxiety, especially for those 65 and older.

You likely didn’t need a research paper to tell you this. Because when you do something kind for someone else, you get an unmistakable sense of joy, satisfaction, purpose, and fulfillment.

While the intent behind helping others is selflessness, isn’t it great that you can benefit, too? Brainstorm ways you can help someone today to increase their happiness and yours. It’s a win-win!

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ) employees volunteered a total of 17,476 hours for some amazing organizations across Arizona in 2022, and 2023 is already off to a great giving start. Hear from members of the Blue Gives Back crew, our community service program at BCBSAZ.

At Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, we want to provide a Blueprint for Happiness, because happiness is part of your health. Happiness leads to healthier behaviors like being active and eating nutritious food. Check out our social media channels and blog on the first Friday of every month for tips on sparking more joy and happiness in your life! 😊


This information is provided for educational purposes only. Individuals should always consult with their healthcare providers regarding medical care or treatment, as recommendations, services or resources are not a substitute for the advice or recommendation of an individual's physician or healthcare provider. Services or treatment options may not be covered under an individual's particular health plan.