Welcome to the second part of the blog.
So as we were saying, we won’t let goodness to die in this world, or if put in a different way, we the infamous Facebook and Whatsapp crazy generation of this world, won’t let goodness to die, not that easily at least.
A Brief Note on YouTube Revolution
Today a video clip, even one taken on your simple mobile phone, can become a regular source of income. Provided the video is unique and interesting, and something that can turn people’s heads, it will sell. You only need an internet connection and a YouTube account. Simply upload it for free and if your video is good leave it to YouTube and it will take care of the rest. With your video/channel attaining views, likes and subscriptions, YouTube will incorporate ads into it paving way for you to get rich in the process. The YouTube fever in fact has taken over the west and is slowly but surely stretching its arms towards rest of the world. Becoming a YouTuber nowadays is seen as an effective means to steady alternate income.
All is good except that the here too yet again excessive money is making man go mad. In the quest for more, people expectedly are looking at unconventional or even outright insane methods to cater unique content to the viewers. And that’s exactly why yet another boon is quite easily turning into a bane. There’s neither contempt nor regard for the sentiments of others. It is all about creating clickbaity content. It’s sad. It’s depressing. Hope the ones who are making it, milking it, the ones who view a morally degrading incident or a gruesome accident as a window of opportunity to make money, hope they will get well soon for it is a disease that need psychological aide.
Anyway so much for darkness and depression, let’s move into the light now. Let us resume from where we left off in the last blog.
Yes, the nerd stuff!
So how exactly is watching a viral video of someone else doing something good benefiting us and even giving us the watchers in return a sense of joy and wellness within ourselves?
In a simple experiment involving 132 Harvard students in the 1980s, a scientist subjected the lot to a 50 minute video of Mother Teresa working amid the poor and destitute in India.
After viewing the film, the students displayed in them a significant rise in their protective antibody, Salivary Immunoglobulin A (S-lgA) as compared to students who watched an ordinary film.
He inferred that watching someone else doing something good; spike our immunity levels resulting in higher life expectancy.
To answer the second part of the question, we need to ponder over what the actual doer gets in return. There were studies regarding that too. And courtesy those, we now know that people who donate money, or do good deeds in general release the reward hormone dopamine in their brains, creating a sense of euphoria, the same dopamine that is secreted while consuming food or having intercourse. This dopamine induced euphoria is capable of relieving stress in that it lowers blood pressure, paving way to reduced stress hormones such as adrenalin.
Now as for someone who watches these things unfold in front of his/her eyes either in person or via a video, a part of the satisfaction and appreciation the doer receives gets translated to the first person. Hence his/her brain secretes the same hormones involved thereby slashing their stress and depression levels too. Therefore without even taking part in the actual event we, the online video viewers are improving our mental health too. How cool is that, right!?
In a hugely relevant and significant time as the one we are living in right now, where war stricken, both physically handicapped and psychologically scarred souls fled from their homelands in a last ditch effort to protect themselves and their loved ones, cultivating the habit of helping people can take you places.
It can enrich you immeasurably as a human being.
It can make your day beautiful and worthy.
It can make you live longer and healthier by reduced rates of stress and depression.
It can give some meaning and purpose for your otherwise dreary life.
Try to bring a smile on the face of a poor and traumatized kid who has witnessed the unspeakable even as early as in his/her short life on earth, if you can achieve that, then that’s it, there’s nothing more to achieve. The satisfaction and mindfulness you get can be matched by nothing in this world, not even by the piece of diamond jewellery or the expensive car you purchase next.
Don’t forget to catch the next part where we will delve slightly deeper into the ideas of Random Act of Kindness in reference to Internet and social media.
Thank you. And yea once again, keep smiling. 🙂