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We all know that giving back is very important to those in need. There are many ways that people can make a difference in this world, such as volunteering at organizations or donating to charitable causes. But did you know that the feeling of helping others can also help boost your well-being?

According to Susan Albers, PsyD, a psychologist, giving can positively affect one’s mental and physical health. She discussed the science behind this concept.

Benefits 

Besides a smile, a gift-giving experience can also trigger a chemical response in the body. This is because the body responds to doing something nice by releasing chemicals. 

The chemicals released by the brain when it receives a gift or helps someone are referred to as “feel good” chemicals, such as serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin. These chemicals can help boost one’s sense of connection with others and improve one’s mood. According to Dr. Albers, doing something nice for others can help boost one’s happiness and make one feel more engaged.

Lower Blood Pressure

According to Dr. Albers, generosity can also help protect your heart. A study revealed that giving to others can lower blood pressure and protect the heart. The effects are similar to those of regular exercise and a healthy diet.

Adds To Your Lifespan

Studies have shown that volunteering can help people live longer. It’s believed that people who give more of themselves are more likely to live longer.

Decreases Stress

If you’re looking to reduce your stress, finding a way to help someone else can be the best solution. Doing something nice for others can help lower one’s cortisol levels, which can make one feel anxious or overwhelmed.

The Helper High

While giving, the activity can stimulate the activity of the brain’s mesolimbic pathway, which is responsible for rewarding and releasing endorphins. This can result in a boost in happiness and self-esteem.