You first heard the idea in kindergarten: Share your toys. Later on, you were taught, “do unto others.” And as an adult, you may have gotten the advice that the best way to feel better about yourself is to help the less fortunate.
No matter how you got the message, the concept of altruism is one that is ingrained (or should be) in our collective social conscience. Not only because acts of altruism benefit society as a whole but because, darn it, it just feels right!
So volunteering and giving feel good. But is altruism actually good for your health? The Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science tackled that question in 2009 and came to the conclusion that …it is. Continue reading