- Helper’s high – Often times, do-gooders experience a rush of euphoria, followed by a period of calm. This sensation releases endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers.
- Diminishes stress-related health problems – By helping others, you are likely to reverse feelings of depression, hostility and isolation, which means you are less likely to experience stress or ulcers. For some, a reduction in stress helps to decrease lung constriction, which often leads to asthma attacks.
- The benefits return – When you remember the kind act, the health benefits and sense of well-being can return for hours or days.
- Happy thoughts – Helping can enhance feelings of joyfulness, emotional resilience, vigor and optimism.
- Affiliative connection – This term refers to the creation of a positive relationship with someone, and such connections strengthen the immune system.
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