There is a common saying you hear in recovery groups. “The measure we gave was the measure we got back.” And it’s true. One of the best things you can do to improve your recovery is to help someone else improve theirs.
A recent study from Columbia University confirms the power of helping others. Over a three-week period, participants in the study were provided an anonymous online platform on which they could share their struggles and stress points. The others on the platform could then respond to each other, with suggestions and advice. The study found that at the end of the three weeks, the people who had offered the most help to others were happier and more satisfied with their lives than the ones who actually received the help. On the other hand, the people who only posted their needs, but offered no help to others, ended the period in a more depressed state than they were in before the study began.
From a couple of pretty good authorities, we find confirmation of the principle of helping others.
St. Francis of Assisi said, “It is in the giving that we receive.” And from our Lord: “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).
Recovery Step: Take a look around you. You know someone who can use your encouragement in their recovery. Give them your time, your prayers, and your wisdom. Your recovery will be better for it.