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When it comes to hunger, we often identify it with developing nations in Asia and sub-Saharan region. It is unimaginable for us to even comprehend that a great nation like the US too has its share of hunger. Unfortunately, we tend to ignore or overlook this harsh truth. Now, you have a chance to do something about the hunger that is spreading its tentacles. With the economy faring so poorly and people losing jobs, America too has kids and adults going to bed hungry. You can make a difference by discovering the joy of feeding the less fortunate.

The Thrill of Feeding Others

When you see someone hungry, it is heart-wrenching, especially if that someone is a child. It is not just about assuaging your feelings of guilt or indulging in some holiday generosity. This feeling goes beyond this superficial feeling and actions. When you truly make an effort to feed someone less fortunate than you, you will feel physically and emotionally good and happy.

Self Esteem: If you feed a homeless person, you will be able to see with your own eyes how grateful the person is. The result of giving food to the hungry is visible for you to see. This automatically makes us feel good about ourselves and works wonders with our self-esteem and self-confidence.

Emotional Well-being: Most of us mistakenly associate material wealth with emotional wellbeing. On the contrary, it is a selfless deed that evokes a true sense of happiness. When you share your plate with someone less fortunate, be it a neighbor or family member, your brain will react by releasing the feel-good hormones, also known as endorphins.

This release occurs because you see the positive result of your action and your brain is tuned to react in such situations. You can drive away depression and the blues with this one simple gesture and feel emotionally fulfilled and satisfied. After all, you do not have to be a Christian to do good things for someone in need.

Feeling Fulfilled: True happiness comes from feeling grateful for what you have and being able to spread joy without expecting anything in return. Most of us spend a lifetime learning this. You can experience fulfillment in the truest sense by returning something to the community. Material wealth can always be earned, but enjoying a feeling of fulfillment and gratification is possible only when you do something for others. Start volunteering in your neighborhood soup kitchen or foodbank and see how happy that makes you.

America wastes a lot of food which makes its way to landfills. Don’t let this happen. Do your bit to reduce food waste and learn the joy of sharing your food with someone less fortunate than you. Once you discover the joy of feeding the less fortunate, you will wonder why you never thought of this simple task before. It is a sure shot way to achieving happiness that cannot be expressed in words.