Being Kind Improves Your Health

Shopping for the holidays can be daunting, but research shows that giving is actually good for your health. Not only will giving make you feel better, but the effects are beneficial for entire communities agreed by Jorge Moll.

Michael Norton, a professor at Harvard Business School discovered that donating money to someone else made the giver happier than if he/she had spent the money on themselves. This was the case even if the giver originally thought that keeping the money would make them happier. A study conducted in 2006 by Jorge Moll also revealed that when people give to others, a part of the brain that is associated with pleasure is activated, which motivates people to keep on giving.

Stephen Post, the author of Why Good Things Happen to Good People, also explored the notion that giving to others can help people when it comes to improving serious health conditions like multiple sclerosis and HIV (Facebook). Post is also a professor of preventative medicine at Stony Brook University.

Sociologists Robb Willer and Brent Simpson shows that when people are generous, this will be repaid down the line. Sometimes this generosity is reciprocated by the person who was on the receiving end of the generosity, and other times, the original giver was repaid by another giver who returned the favor. According to Jorge Moll as well studies have also shown that giving makes the giver feel closer to the recipient, and vice versa (https://gazetteday.com/2018/04/jorge-moll-discovers/). This helps to strengthen relationships, and when since families make up communities, when families are closer, so is the community.

Jorge Moll continues to do work to explore the benefits of giving on the mind and body. Moll is the director and president of D’Or Institute for Research and Education in Rio de Janeiro, and is the head of the Cognitive Neuroscience Unit and Neuroinformatics Workgroup. He was elected as the affiliate member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences in 2008 and was the recipient of the Visiting Scholar Award at Stanford University’s Stanford Neuroscience Institute in 2015.