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Fact: Helping others on FDDR feels good

To paraphrase the Beatles, sometimes we get high with a little help from our friends. Donโ€™t worry -- the good feelings weโ€™re talking about come from doing good for others, or, as itโ€™s sometimes called, a helperโ€™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 helperโ€™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 helperโ€™s high. Itโ€™s true! And an act of kindness

Revel in these emotions

Weโ€™ve been told from a young age that doing good for others is supposed to be entirely selfless. Youโ€™re not supposed to gain anything from it. But research shows us that this isnโ€™t true. We have the ability to heal ourselves by helping others. The helperโ€™s high is rooted in biology, and youโ€™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 โ€” you deserve that.

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