While perusing the internet this holiday, I stumbled upon a plethora of inspirational quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Civil Rights activist was not only a dynamic orator, but he was also a gripping writer.
Dr. King once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” This quote got me thinking. If you break it down to its foundation, it truly is the most essential question. How are we helping others survive and grow? We know that looking outside of ourselves to help others lowers depression and makes us happy. So, if you really think about it, helping others is selfish. We’re doing it to just be happy, but who cares? Finally a high that doesn’t hurt anyone.
We forget that mental health is connected to physical health. They go hand-in-hand. Modern life is difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. A change of mindset can shift your mood instantly. I know because I practice it every day. Forcing yourself to get out of your head and into the world to interact and be there for others is a gift. It’s free anti-depressant.
Dr. King was able to stand up against violence with peace. He fought with his words, and even though he received death threats, he continued to write those words. Let’s take a page from his book.
Happy Martin Luther King Day.