“Doing a kindness produces the single most reliable increase in well-being [for the doer] of any exercise we’ve tested.”

~Dr. Martin Seligman (Director of the Penn Positive Psychology Center & Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology)

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Meaningful Activities (like kindfulness!) Protect the Brain from Depression. A new study of adolescents found that those who derive joy from selfless deeds were less likely to be depressed over time.

Impact of Volunteering on Physical and Emotional Health & Well‐Being: Volunteering appears to have a powerful impact on the six signs of personal wellness, with those who participate in volunteering activities reporting higher levels of life satisfaction, sense of control over life and feeling physically and emotionally healthier.

Studies have shown that volunteering helps people who donate their time feel more socially connected, thus warding off loneliness and depression.

The findings revealed participants who performed acts of kindness, whether for the world or for others, were more likely to report feeling happy or to experience improvement in their mood than were the control group and those who were kind to themselves.

A systematic review and meta-analysis led by researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School in England found that volunteers reported lower levels of depression, increased life satisfaction, and enhanced well-being.

Performing random acts of kindness help boost your psychological health by releasing dopamine, the feel-good neurotransmitter in the brain. Giving produces endorphins in the brain. (Nelson KS, Layous K, Cole SW et al.)

94% of people who volunteered in the past 12 months say that volunteering improves their mood. (United Healthcare Study)

When you are kind to another person, your brain’s pleasure and reward centers light up, as if you were the recipient of the good deed—not the giver. This phenomenon is called the “helper’s high.” (Emory University)

80% of people who have volunteered in the past 12 months say they have control over their mental health. (United Healthcare Study)

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Research now proves that sharing your time with others for a good cause can improve your overall happiness and mental well-being.

Studies have shown that volunteering helps people who donate their time feel more socially connected, thus warding off loneliness and depression.

“Volunteering is a pathway through which you can increase brain activity” (Michelle Carlson, Johns Hopkins University.)

Volunteer activities may be performed with the core intention of helping others, there is also a common wisdom that those who give of themselves also receive. Researchers found the benefits that volunteers receive, including the positive feeling, referred to as “helper’s high,” increased trust in others, and increased social and political participation.

Volunteering should be promoted by public health, education and policy practitioners as a kind of healthy lifestyle.

Research published today by Citizens Advice Bureau indicates that volunteering boosts self-esteem, employability, and health – especially mental health.

Altruism, Happiness, and Health: It’s Good to be Good by Stephen G. Post.

94% of people who volunteered in the past 12 months say that volunteering improves their mood. (United Healthcare Study)

80% of people who volunteered in the past 12 months say they have control over their mental health. (United Healthcare Study)

A systematic review and meta-analysis led by researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School in England found that volunteers reported lower levels of depression, increased life satisfaction, and enhanced well-being.

This study examined similarities and differences between persons with and without disabilities on volunteering, donations and group participation.

(1) Volunteering among senior citizens improves their mental well-being; (2) Few previous studies reported volunteering improves physical health such as protection for mortality and incidence of disability, compared to mental well-being.

Adults 50+ who volunteered on a regular basis were less likely to develop high blood pressure than non-volunteers. (Carnegie Mellon study)

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There Are Scientifically Proven Benefits of Being Kind (RandomActsofKindness.org – The Science of Being Kind)

Well-being has been found to be elevated when individuals are better able to sustain positive emotion; recover more quickly from negative experiences; engage in empathic and altruistic acts; express high levels of mindfulness. (Eric S. Kim, a research fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)

Meaningful Activities Protect the Brain from Depression. A new study of adolescents found that those who derive joy from selfless deeds were less likely to be depressed over time.

The findings revealed participants who performed acts of kindness, whether for the world or for others, were more likely to report feeling happy or to experience improvement in their mood than were the control group and those who were kind to themselves. (Source: Nelson KS, Layous K, Cole SW et al)

How kindness improves your life and how it can decrease negative aspects of it.

Research reveals that doing good deeds, or kind acts, can make socially-anxious people feel better. For four weeks, the University of British Columbia researchers assigned people with high levels of anxiety to do kind acts for other people at least six times a week.

Altruism, Happiness, and Health: It’s Good to be Good by Stephen G. Post

Practicing kindness produces a 23 percent reduction in cortisol which is a stress hormone that occurs naturally within the body. People dealing with depression tend to have higher levels of this stress hormone. (Weng et al. [2013])

Performing random acts of kindness help boost your psychological health by releasing dopamine, the feel-good neurotransmitter in the brain. Giving produces endorphins in the brain. (Nelson KS, Layous K, Cole SW et al.)

One of the strongest predictors of well-being is the quality of an individual’s social relationships. This study explores how those relationships can impact self-worth.

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Why Doing Good Is Good for the Do-Gooder (New York Times)

The Science of Gratitude and Why It’s Important in Your Workplace

How Simple Acts of Kindness Can Significantly Boost Your Well-Being

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