Psychologists have classified a state of euphoria reported by those who take part in charitable activity. Labeled ‘Helpers High’, it is based on the theory that giving releases endorphins in the brain, creating a morphine high… a feeling of exhilaration, a burst of energy. It’s similar to feelings after intense exercise, followed by a period of calmness and relaxation. This high can last for several weeks, and the feeling can return when the giver remembers the action they did.
Research done by National Institutes of Health exposed that the same portion of the brain that is triggered in response to food or sex, in other words pleasure, lit up when the participants in their study thought about giving money to a charity.
Does this make you want to give? Do you want to experience the helpers high? Now you have one more reason to give, it’s not only benefiting the person you’re helping, but it will keep you healthy!
A survey completed Social Capital Community Benchmark and overseen by researchers from Harvard University.
Altruism is an unselfish concern for the welfare of others. It is a generous way of expressing gratitude for all that you have been given.
What makes you happy? How do you feel about giving? Altruism is truly a gift both to the giver and the receiver.
I’m sure you remember the last time someone showed you an act of kindness, how did it make you feel? Chances are they were feeling the same. When you give, the other person will benefit from your help. You feel uplifted, knowing you have made a positive difference for them.
It might be something as simple as helping your sibling with homework, or complimenting a friend, but you are still affecting them in a positive way.
Take a moment to do a true act of altruism… because you can.