Fact: Helping others on FDDR feels good
To paraphrase the Beatles, sometimes we get high with a little help from our friends. Don’t worry -- the good feelings we’re talking about come from doing good for others, or, as it’s sometimes called, a helper’s high (Google it!)
Research has shown that helping others releases the feel-good chemical dopamine. When you do good deeds for others, many feel the helper’s high in the hours and days following.
Reports of this phenomenon began in the 1980s. It consists of positive feelings such as generosity and an extended sense of self-favor following selfless acts for others. Greater health and increased longevity are also associated with a helper’s high. It’s true! And an act of kindness
Revel in these emotions
We’ve been told from a young age that doing good for others is supposed to be entirely selfless. You’re not supposed to gain anything from it. But research shows us that this isn’t true. We have the ability to heal ourselves by helping others. The helper’s high is rooted in biology, and you’ll produce a range of emotions that make you feel confident, relaxed, happy, and calm. The next time you donate money or drop off a meal, take a moment to feel those emotions — you deserve that.