Why Helping Others Makes Us Happy

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In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.

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The new meta-analysis referred to above (full PDF here) looked at more than 200 previous studies, involving a total of almost 200,000 participants. It found a modest link between “prosocial behavior” and well-being.

According to the study’s lead author Bryant P.H. Hui, prosocial behaviors such as altruism, cooperation, trust, and compassion form the “necessary ingredients of a harmonious and well-functioning society.”

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6 Proven Health Benefits of Happiness

1. Improved Heart Health

2. Ability to Combat Stress More Effectively

3. A Stronger Immune System

4. Overall Healthier Lifestyle

5. Can Help Reduce Pain

6. Increased Life Longevity

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