Goodwill and Mental Health


Good will or having a good mind toward others can be defined as an inclination to do good, to be kind and friendly or have a helpful attitude towards others. For example, giving up your bus seat to an elderly person or a pregnant woman is an act of good will, which shows you are having a good mind towards others. Goodwill can only be done by a person with good mental health. Anyone who does not have good or stable mental health cannot be expected to have a good mind towards others.

Having a good mind towards others means that we put other people’s need before our own, like making a cup of tea for a co-worker. Even more, having goodwill and helping others can even have a positive effect on your own mental health and well being. For example, it can reduce stress as well as improve mood, self-esteem and happiness. There are many different ways that you can help others as part of your everyday life. Carrying out good deeds doesn’t need to take much of your time or even cost money.
Small changes can make a difference when you help others as it promotes positive physiological changes in the brain associated with happiness. Helping others improves social support and encourages us to lead a more physically, active lifestyle. It distracts us from our own problem and allows us to engage in a meaningful activity that improves our self-esteem and competence.

Helping others brings a sense of belonging and reduces isolation. When we help others in need, especially those who are less fortunate than us, we can provide a real sense of perspective and make us realize how fortunate we are. Helping others makes them think of a life worth living. Acts of kindness have the potential to make others happy. An act of kindness can improve confidence, happiness and optimism. It can also encourage others to repeat the good deed that they have experienced themselves. Overall, it contributes to a more positive community and this is the aim of Omoluabi.

The more you do for others, the more you do for yourself. Evidence shows that the benefits of helping others can last long after the act itself by providing a “kindness bank” of memories that can be drawn upon in the future. Although carrying out good deeds for other people can make you feel good, don’t forget to keep in mind why you are doing it, to put others needs before your own. Getting involved with a cause that is close to your heart can be beneficial for both the cause you are supporting and your own sense of good will and personal achievements.

We must remember that the more you do for other people, the more they will do for you and as a result you will feel even better. With this in mind, we are asking you to try and help others as much as you can, it will truly make a difference.



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