Are you starting to see a pattern here? When you give someone something – be it a cup of sugar, a meal, or your time – you reap the rewards too.
It’s called the Helper’s High, and it’s been shown to boost physical and mental health. It makes sense. Think about how it feels to give a gift to a friend, donate to a charity, or volunteer your time to help someone in need. It makes you feel warm and fuzzy, right? Altruistic behaviour releases endorphins in the brain, which accounts for that ‘warm glow’ feeling we get in our chests.
Giving also promotes cooperation, encourages social connections and strengthens our ties to others. Another thing? It’s contagious. Who received a homemade gift from someone during the COVID-19 crisis, and then returned the gesture by making a cake, jam or bread? Giving sets off a ripple effect that benefits you, and your community.