http://www.prb.org/pdf11/TodaysResearchAging21.pdf)   Interestingly enough, the desire to volunteer crosses all socioeconomic boundaries. People with less money and less physical mobility are just as interested in volunteering as the more affluent and able among us.   Performing a selfless act for the benefit of someone in need brings people a greater sense of self, enhances their self-esteem and connects them to their communities. It also helps reduce stress and brings a better perspective to the world around them.   Science backs this up. When you perform a good deed, the reward center of your brain produces more of the the mood-elevating neurotransmitter dopamine. Psychologists call this the “Helper’s High,” and it’s very powerful. Says Sonja Lyubomirsky, PhD, a psychology professor at the University of California, Riverside, “Each action has a cumulative effect. The more nice things you do, the more people will respond positively toward you, and the better you’ll feel.”   So if you’re feeling down or just want to improve your health, Deed It Forward™ today. Download the DeeditForward app and get started helping people in your community![/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]"/>

Helper’s High: Give Back and Get Healthy

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