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A new study shows that helpers reap benefits for their efforts. Those benefits are referred to as the helper’s high, and simple acts of volunteering kick it into gear. Psychologists identified the helper’s high after noticing that people engaged in charitable activity reported a state of euphoria. The act of giving produces endorphins in the brain in much the same way exercise does. And that high shows up in the same area of the brain that’s activated in response to food or pleasure.

Researchers at the US National Institutes of Health observed this brain activity in participants who were considering donating money to charity. Another study completed at Emory University confirmed the same brain activity. Studies like these show that doing good has a clear biological imperative. Acts of altruism can boost your attitude and make you healthier, happier and less stressed.

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