Helping Others Is Good for You

Helping others is helping your self. (Image:
Helping others is helping your self. (Image: Compfight cc

Research reveals that helping others with “material support” can reduce mortality rates by 42%; helping others with moral support can reduce mortality rates by 30%.

Why is this so?

According to a study in the U.S., 106 students under the age of 20 were divided into two groups: volunteers and reversed volunteers. After 10 weeks, the group of volunteers significantly reduced symptoms of inflammation, cholesterol levels, and body mass index.

Other examples:

  1. When John D. Rockefeller’s physical condition deteriorated, he decided to turn to philanthropy. He gained a relaxed mind and a healthier life.
  2. Sir Run Run Shaw died at the age of 107. A reason for his longevity was that he loved to help people. He contributed HK$3.4 billion to Mainland China and established “The Shaw Prize” of up to HK$5 billion.

People who do good deeds often fill their hearts with an indescribable sense of pleasure and pride, and thus reduce the stress hormone levels. Cultivating the habit of helping others is a recipe for prevention and treatment of depression.

With research from Monica and Aizhu.


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