Becoming a Keyperson – Helper’s High

Becoming a Keyperson – Helper’s High

Reading: Matthew 22: 34 – 40
Preacher: Rev Kevin Kim

“After introducing the concept of ‘Key Person’ on Sunday, 19 June, Kevin wants to continue to explore how and why we could become ‘Key Person’ to more people in our neighbourhood and community. Giving pushes aside the negative emotions, and clearly contributes to stress-induced psychological and physical illness. A concept “helper’s high” was introduced in 1988. A full 50 percent of helpers reported feeling “high” when they helped others, while 43 percent felt stronger and more energetic. An astonishing 13 percent even experienced fewer aches and pains. It is also believed that giving protects overall health twice as much as aspirin protects against heart disease. Whenever someone does something for another – whether that’s offering to help an elderly neighbour carry groceries, donating money to one in need, the act of kindness stimulates the release of endorphins and serotonin in the brain’s reward centres, resulting in the “helper’s high.” As Disciples of Christ we are called to love and serve God and others, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind, and Love your neighbour as yourself.. The concept like ‘the helper’s high’ encourages us to find opportunities to give back to our community as we develop a Key Person relationship to extend God’s kingdom in our midst.”

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