From Inverse.com. Think about the last time you helped someone out. Maybe you sent a supportive text to a stressed-out friend or gave directions to a lost stranger. How did it make you feel?
If you said good, happy, or maybe even “warm and fuzzy,” you’re not alone. Research shows that helping others offers a number of important psychological and health benefits.
In daily life, people report better moods on days that they assist a stranger or offer an empathetic ear to a friend. Adults who volunteer, spend money on others, and support their spouses also experience improved well-being and reduced risk of death.