The Helper's HighMany people observe that their health markedly improves when they are engaged in helping others. Ninety-five percent of those surveyed indicated that helping other people and doing volunteer work on a regular, personal basis gives them a warm feeling, increased energy, and a sense of euphoria (called "the helper's high"). Furthermore, eighty percent of the volunteers reported that the health benefits returned when they later remembered the acts of kindness. Volunteers also report they experience such positive long-term effects as a greater calm and relaxation.
Long ago Isaiah suggested that those who give assistance to needy people would experience a healing and health (Isa 58:7,8). Doing good brings great satisfaction and pleasure to the giver. Those who unselfishly engage in the work of doing good will experience an improved physical and mental health. Doing good is even described as an excellent remedy for disease.
Author: Winston Craig, MPH, PhD, RD.
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