Bringing Relief to Others

15 01 2011

In the majority of cases, the pressure brought about by work, relationships, money, and so forth, is self-centered.  Focusing on others (rather than on oneself) is a good way to remove personal pressure.  People who engage in voluntary work, community projects, etc., report greater feelings of well-being and satisfaction than people who do not.

John D. Rockefeller (1839 – 1937) provided an example of how to survive stress by moving the focus from oneself to others.  By 1879 his company, Standard Oil, handled about 90 percent of the refining in the United State.  By the age of 50, he was the richest man alive.  But in 1891, he had a nervous breakdown and was near death.  However, he recovered from his illness in just a few months.

How?

Apart from a simple diet, rest, and exercise, he decided to give away his fortune and spent the remaining 40 years of his life as a philanthropist.  Early in the twentieth century, his personal fortune peaked at nearly $900 million.  At the time of his death, his estate was valued at $26 million.  His donations did a lot of good in the world.  And as for himself, he extended his life by nearly another fifty years living in contentment to the age of 97. – Bible Study Guide, January 13, 2011

“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” – John 15:13

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