Doing good is good for you. One of the best ways to turn a bad day around is to do something for someone else. This is not just feel-good self-help advice – it is scientifically proven. A growing body of research shows the mental and physical benefits of performing acts of kindness.
Experts call this the “helper’s high.” By taking action in our daily lives, we not only help solve some of the world’s biggest challenges, but we can boost our own well-being. In one study, people who were asked to perform daily acts of kindness for ten days experienced significant boosts in happiness.
The benefits of doing things for others are both immediate and enduring. A short term “dose” of positive emotion can lead to lasting change by broadening mindsets and creating self-sustaining positivity.
Appeared originally on Global Citizen