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Helping other make us feel good. It's the truth. Photo: Shutterstock
Helping other make us feel good. It's the truth. Photo: Shutterstock

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5 reasons why helping others is good for us

It makes us happy, is contagious and also really good for our health - according to the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, helping others is good for us in many ways.

Giving makes us feel happy

Whether you call it “warm glow” or “helper’s high,” whether it stems from the back of the brain or the endorphins, you do feel good afterwards.

When you give, you receive

Generosity gets rewarded, even if it doesn’t always come straight back from the one you helped.

Giving evokes gratitude

And gratitude is good for you. According to research, it’s integral to happiness, health, and social bonds.

Giving is good for our health

According to author and professor Stephen Post, giving has been shown to increase health benefits in people with chronic illness, including HIV and multiple sclerosis. People who help neighbors or relatives have a lower risk of dying over a five-year period.

Giving is contagious

David Sloan Wilson, professor of biology and anthropology at Binghamton University and author of Does Altruism Exist?, studied prosociality in his hometown and found that “those moving to neighborhoods with greater cohesion between residents became more inclined to put the interests of others before their own,” while “those moving to more splintered neighborhoods became less so.” “Teamwork is the signature adaptation of our species,” he writes.

 

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