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Helping others can have a profoundly positive impact on your mental health. While everyone experiences events and circumstances differently, when someone takes the time to help others, they may notice positive effects in their own life. Here are just a few of the ways you may benefit if you begin to help others more often.

# 1. Builds Self-Esteem

Helping others can help you build your self-esteem. When we help others, we can feel good about our abilities and acknowledge that we are good at something. Even helping with the smallest of tasks can help you to realize your capabilities and potential. Having healthy self-esteem is essential for maintaining mental health.

# 2. Develops Sense of Purpose 

Having a sense of purpose can help us to create goals and keep moving forward. Helping others can help you find your purpose.

Maybe you will find that purpose by helping people in a certain way or in the activity you are helping them with. If you struggle with your mental health or addiction, try to work on discovering your purpose. For some people, working with a mental health care provider may help them to find their purpose.

# 3. Keeps Events in Perspective 

It can be extremely easy to get caught up in the hustle of everyday life. Our own problems can feel magnified and completely out of our control. Sometimes the act of helping others can help to put your own problems or struggles into perspective.

# 4. Fosters Sense of Belonging 

Having a sense of belonging is extremely important while in recovery. Everyone needs to feel as if they have equals, people to talk with, and others to lean on during difficult times. When we help others, it can help create a community and a sense of belonging between the people involved. Helping others can become personal and can develop strong bonds.

Helping others can yield positive results for those struggling with their mental health or addiction. When you help others, it can help to build up your own sense of self-esteem. For some of us, helping others can help create purpose for our lives. Here at The Guest House, we understand that mental health issues and addiction are often complex, and it can be challenging to know where to begin to feel better. We are here to help and support you on your recovery journey. Call us today at (855) 483-7800 to learn more about our treatment options.