Doing good can make you feel good People are happier when participating in meaningful activities, study

finds Updated: 10:31 a.m. PT May 4, 2007 “A lot of times we think that happiness comes about because you get things for yourself,” said Richard Ryan, a psychologist at the University of Rochester, who was not involved in the study. But “it turns out that in a paradoxical way, giving gets you more, and I think that’s an important message in a culture that’s pretty often getting messages to the opposite effect.” In order to make sure that the relationship between happiness and doing good wasn’t the other way around—that happiness instead leads people to do good things—the researchers looked at which tended to come first. They found that the subjects became happier after they did something good, suggesting that happiness does, in fact, come about as a result of doing good things.” http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18488538/ Altruism, Happiness, and Health: It’s Good to Be Good International Journal of Behavioral Medicine Stephen G. Post 2005, Vol. 12, No. 2,66–77 Copyright ©2005by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
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Excerpts from the Study: “Altruistic (other-regarding) emotions and behaviors are associated with greater well-being, health, and longevity.”

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Altruism Reduces Depression QuickTimeª and a TIFF (LZW) decompressor are needed to see this picture.

Altruism is increases the longevity of mothers

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