Having just finished Lynne McTaggart's new book The Power of Eight, which compiles ten years of research on intention experiments, it becomes evident that giving is more health inducing than receiving. Time and again, the author observed, with skepticism at first, how participants in her intention groups healed more so when they sent healing intentions than when they received healing intentions. Wow! Goes so much against our grain of thinking.
Research had already shown that volunteering is good for you, and that a good social network promotes longevity. But Lynne's experiments now indicate clearly that, "it is better for your health to do the giving," and that, "giving also appears to be central to longevity." She also refers to what psychologists call the "helper's high," feeling great when you do good.
Over the decade her research was conducted about two thirds of her participants healed as a byproduct (if that is a way to express this phenomenon) of engaging in sending regular healing intentions to others. Just wow! So, instead of wishing or praying for your own healing, or having others send you healing thoughts, looks like an easy way to heal is to send healing thoughts to others. Give in order to get! That takes a shift in thinking.