Ever Experienced A “Helper’s High”? There’s A Reason For That

“The Health Benefits of Altruism Over the past few decades, scientists have studied the health benefits of selflessness, often referred to as “helper’s high.” Those who volunteer have lower rates of depression, lower mortality rates, higher self-esteem, and greater functional ability than those who do not volunteer. A 2005 study showed that volunteers actually experience greater benefits than the people receiving their support. So what’s going on? In the simplest form, when we give to others selflessly  (not expecting anything in return), our brains release dopamine, serotonin, and lots of other happy hormones that make you feel warm and tingly inside.”

Source: Ever Experienced A “Helper’s High”? There’s A Reason For That

Think Twice: How the Gut’s “Second Brain” Influences Mood and Well-Being – Scientific American

“U.C.L.A.’s Mayer is doing work on how the trillions of bacteria in the gut “communicate” with enteric nervous system cells (which they greatly outnumber). His work with the gut’s nervous system has led him to think that in coming years psychiatry will need to expand to treat the second brain in addition to the one atop the shoulders.”

Source: Think Twice: How the Gut’s “Second Brain” Influences Mood and Well-Being – Scientific American

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