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D.W. (KENKOU) 4. May 2016

Helping Others Lowers Negative Stress Effects

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By helping others we help ourselves.

This statement, often used in a religious or spiritual context, is also proven by science.
A research by the Yale University School of Medicine showed, that helping friends, acquaintances and even strangers relieves stress instantly and makes room for positive emotions.

Emily Ansell, the university’s assistant professor of psychiatry puts it this way: “Our research shows that stressful days usually lead us to have a worse mood and poorer mental health, but our findings suggest that if we do small things for others, such as holding a door open for someone, we won’t feel as poorly on stressful days.”

Considering the fact that we also trigger positive feelings in the ones we help, this truly is a win-win situation. So a little effort might make a big difference in our everyday life. And there isn’t anything to lose really.