A new research has shown that helping others seems to improve health and wellness. The research published in the Journal of Economic Psychology, found that donating to charity may actually improve the giver’s emotional and physical health.

Here we look at five reasons how it helps:

1)      Helping others heals

When you volunteer to help others you will realize that you are also helping yourself. The act of kindness helps in healing the wounds left behind by the loss of a loved one. Any work related to charity helps in overcoming grief, studies claim.

Seeing those orphans smiling ear to ear and eating ice-cream you bought them, must have left a positive feeling within your heart!

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2)      Giving boosts mood

A study out of England’s University of Exeter Medical School examined groups of volunteers and found that those who gave were less prone to depression and even lowered existing depression in them, due to the satisfaction and mood lift gained through giving.

Remember how it felt when you gave a poor child some money or gave a homeless man food?

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3)      Helps beat stress

In this fast paced world, you are constantly expected to perform at your highest to achieve. This creates a lot of stress and studies have proved that giving reduces stress significantly. Focusing on the needs of others helps you manage stress more effectively.

That marathon you ran for creating awareness about AIDS made you feel lighter, didn’t it?

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4)      An act of kindness to improve immunity

When you give, be it money, time, energy, kindness or even donate your old stuff, it gives back! Scientists attest that giving to others has a positive effect on your immune system due to increased serotonin production. This brain chemical regulates mood, calms anxiety and emits a “feel good” reaction that strengthens the function of the immune system.

Helping that old woman cross the road made you a little bit stronger!

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5)      Gives us purpose

We all want to do something that creates an impact. We want to be a part of the change. Giving provides us that purpose and meaning for life. For example, looking at the difference made by giving makes you feel like you are a part of something bigger than yourself.

Spending time at an old age home and making them laugh not only added happiness to them but also added meaning to your life!

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If you haven’t given yet, don’t worry. Every day is a new day. You can still spread your beautiful smile onto others!
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