Mysteries of the Mind Monthly Newsletter
"To ease another's heartache is to forget one's own"
- Abraham Lincoln
"There is not a man of us who does not at times need a helping hand to be stretched out to him, and then shame upon him who will not stretch out the helping hand to his brother"
- Theodore Roosevelt
Helper High's are addictive! The research keeps coming in.
We all know giving helps others, whether we volunteer for organizations, offer emotional support to those around us or donate to charities. But studies show that giving is also good for the giver - boosting physical and mental health.
Studies find these health benefits associated with giving:
- Lower blood pressure
- Increased self-esteem
- Less depression
- Lower stress levels
- Longer life
- Greater happiness
According to a 2006 study published in the International Journal of Psychophysiology, people who gave social support to others had lower blood pressure than people who didn't. Supportive interaction with others also helped people recover from coronary-related events.
The same study also found that people who gave their time to help others through community and organizational involvement had greater self-esteem, less depression and lower stress levels than those who didn't.
According to a 1999 University of California, Berkeley, study, people who were 55 and older who volunteered for two or more organizations were 44 percent less likely to die over a five-year period than those who didn't volunteer - even accounting for many other factors including age, exercise, general health and negative habits like smoking.
Biologically, giving can create a "warm glow," activating regions in the brain associated with pleasure, connection with other people and trust.
In a 2006 study, researchers from the National Institutes of Health studied the functional MRIs of subjects who gave to various charities. They found that giving stimulates the mesolimbic pathway, which is the reward center in the brain, releasing endorphins and creating what is known as the "helper's high." And like other highs, this one is addictive, too.
I try to donate at least 6 shows each year for good causes. So far this year I have found an occasion every month!
January 10th for theater renovations at Weber State University
February 28th headlined a show to raise money for the El Segundo, California Music Program
March 19th emceed an Inclusion Center event for advocacy and anti bullying programs
Inclusion Center Event
April 17th presenting a show to help build a Math resource library at a grade school
Tickets are still available
However, I know that I have only been able to donate my time to these efforts through the kindness of my friends who read these newsletters and help create opportunities for me to lecture and perform all over the world.
Thank you for making a difference in my life and helping me to help others.
Happy Passover, Happy Easter, and happy springtime!
For more, check out my new videos
Read more about Paul:
Paul Draper Mentalism (pdf)
Transformational Leadership with Paul Draper (pdf)
"Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone."
- Pablo Picasso
See Certain Colors For The First
Colorblind People See Certain Colors For The First Time Ever, Are Visibly Moved
I found this to be very powerfully moving! You'll watch it and share it with others.
For my Magician, Mentalist, Corporate Entertainer & Hypnotist friends in the UK, Please take a look at my intensive 2-day workshop I'm offering through the UK Hypnosis Academy in Hertfordshire, England in June. This class will fill up fast as we have limited seats available. Read More Here
Inclusion Center Humanitarian Awards Social
The Inclusion Center Humanitarian Awards Social was a huge success! Thank you all for your amazing time, energy, support, and gifts.
Read More at Deseret News
Salt Lake Tribune highlighted our event
Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Gina Cornia, and Ronald Coleman
In the Salt Lake Tribune you can see my head peeking behind the LDS (Mormon) President Uchtdorf's head after I presented him with his award as he hugs and hands the churches $10,000 donation to our Board Chair Melody Gray.
The Deseret News quoted me as saying:
"President Uchtdorf is someone who transforms the world around him," said Paul Draper, the evening's emcee. "He is someone who leads people, mentors them and inspires them to be greater in their own lives and communities."