The holidays may be over, but it's always the season for volunteering and helping out in our communities.
Volunteering doesn't just help out other people, it makes the volunteer feel pretty good, too. But why do we get the warm fuzzies when we help others? As it turns out, the answer is how our brains are wired.
Humans are social creatures and our survival has historically been dependent on working well with others. When we see someone in need, our ability to empathize with them essentially makes us feel like we are the ones who need help, prompting a reaction.
That same sensation that caused us to act in the first place also makes us feel good when we see good things happen to others. Because we want to feel more of this goodness, we want to go out and do more good things — a positive feedback loop in the best possible way.
Volunteering can also decrease the risk of developing hypertension and high blood pressure, which is great for preventing things like heart disease and stroke.
Users of the confession app Whisper might not know the science of why helping others makes them feel so great, but they know, without a doubt, that they get back as much as they give.
Check out their heartwarming confessions here:
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