How can helping others affect my health and well-being?

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Dr. Kathleen Hall
Preventive Medicine
A generous soul lives a rich abundant life. Altruism neutralizes negative emotions that affect immune, endocrine, and cardiovascular function. Altruism creates physiological responses or a "helpers high," which makes people feel stronger and more energetic and counters harmful effects of stress.

Research shows altruism creates health and happiness in your life. When Harvard researchers showed a documentary of Mother Teresa and her work, feelings of altruism were evoked in the group being studied. Researchers measured a component of the subjects' immune system, Immunoglobulin A. They found that Immunoglobulin A increased after the group experienced feelings of altruism.
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