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  1. First I'd like to congratulate @Viola for a successful Community Pantry. You've made life a little better for the people that you helped. In case you want to do a deep dive on why community pantries are such a big hit in Manila, here is a link to the psychology behind it.
  2. 7. HELPING OTHERS GIVES US A SENSE OF PURPOSE AND SATISFACTION. Looking for more meaning in your day-to-day existence? Studies show that volunteering enhances an individual’s overall sense of purpose and identity—particularly if they no longer hold a life-defining role like “worker” or “parent.”
  3. 6. HELPING OTHERS PROMOTES POSITIVE BEHAVIORS IN TEENS. According to sociologists, teenagers who volunteer have better grades and self-image.
  4. 5. HELPING OTHERS LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE. If you’re at risk for heart problems, your doctor has probably told you to cut back on red meat or the hours at your stressful job. However, you should also consider adding something to your routine: a regular volunteer schedule. One piece of research showed that older individuals who volunteered for at least 200 hours a year decreased their risk of hypertension by a whopping 40 percent. This could possibly be because they were provided with more social opportunities, which help relieve loneliness and the stress that often accompanies it.
  5. 4. HELPING OTHERS MAY HELP WITH CHRONIC PAIN. According to one study, people who suffered from chronic pain tried working as peer volunteers. As a result, they experienced a reduction in their own symptoms.
  6. 3. HELPING OTHERS MAKES US HAPPY. One team of sociologists tracked 2000 people over a five-year period and found that Americans who described themselves as “very happy” volunteered at least 5.8 hours per month. This heightened sense of well-being might be the byproduct of being more physically active as a result of volunteering, or because it makes us more socially active. Researchers also think that giving back might give individuals a mental boost by providing them with a neurochemical sense of reward.
  7. Kindness Is Contagious is a feel-good documentary by David Gaz, narrated by Catherine Ryan Hyde, the best selling author of the novel (and film) Pay It Forward. It’s a film all about being nice and the benefits of being nice. Kindness Is Contagious profiles cutting-edge scientists and best-selling authors from Berkeley to Harvard and everywhere in between as well as real life people from all walks of life whose lives illustrate their incredible discovery.
  8. Whether people behave altruistically is also determined by the structure of the social network in which they are embedded. One ingenious experiment documented a “law of giving” at an all-girls school in Pasadena, California. The investigators asked 76 fifth and sixth grade girls to identify up to five friends, which allowed them to draw the girls’ social network and ascertain which girls were each girl’s friends, friends of friends, friends of friends of friends, and so on. They had the girls play a game in which each girl was asked how much she would share from a $6 amount with each of 10 o
  9. In our labs, we have done a number of experiments exploring the contagion of altruistic behavior through social networks more broadly, creating artificial social networks involving real people. We know that if Jay is generous to Harla, Harla will be generous to Jay, in a kind of reciprocal altruism. But what about “pay-it-forward” as in the Goodvirus project? What if Jay is generous to Harla, will she be generous to Lucas? We devised an experiment to evaluate this idea that altruism could spread from person to person to person. We involved 120 college students in a set of games that lasted
  10. In one demonstration of the spread of pro-social norms across such social connections, economist Katie Carman studied charitable giving to the United Way in 75,000 employees in a large American employer. She found that employees gave more when they worked next to generous colleagues. Cleverly, Carman studied what happened to employees’ giving if they were obliged to move from one location in the bank to another, and she found that when people were transferred from a location where others did not give much money to a location where they did, every $1.00 increase in the average giving of their
  11. Charity is just one example of the goodness that can flow through networks. About 89% of American households give to charity each year, and fundraising efforts often seem designed to capitalize on processes of social influence and notions of community embeddedness. For example, bike-a-thons and walk-a-thons are organized both to engender a sense of community among participants and to encourage direct contact between participants and their friends and neighbors who sponsor them. And organizations from hospitals to boy scout troops to small towns employ a kind of thermometer that is publicly
  12. The spread of altruism through social media was predicted by social scientists many years ago. Altruism (kindness) is a type of behavior marked by acts of generosity, consideration, or concern for others, without expecting praise or reward. In research that social scientists have been conducting these past few years, they have explored how kind acts flow across social ties, and how social ties provide the substrate for inter-personal altruism. If people never behaved altruistically towards one other, never reciprocated kind behavior, or, worse, were always violent towards one another, then so
  13. 2. ALTRUISM IS CONTAGIOUS. When one person performs a good deed, it causes a chain reaction of other altruistic acts. One study found that people are more likely to perform feats of generosity after observing another do the same. This effect can ripple throughout the community, inspiring dozens of individuals to make a difference.
  14. 1. HELPING OTHERS CAN HELP YOU LIVE LONGER. Want to extend your lifespan? Think about regularly assisting at a soup kitchen or coaching a basketball team at an at-risk high school. Research has shown that these kinds of activities can improve health in ways that can length your lifespan—volunteers show an improved ability to manage stress and stave off disease as well as reduced rates of depression and an increased sense of life satisfaction—when they were performed on a regular basis. This might be because volunteering alleviates loneliness and enhances our social lives—factors that can
  15. According to science there's measurable and observable benefit when we help others. It's the chemicals in our brains, it's the energy we feel when we volunteer our free time to assist those needing help, specially during this pandemic. We get a sense of fulfillment when we donate to the poor. We're able to see better our better disposition in life compared to those hit hard by the virus. Here is an article I found on the internet that explains why we should help others.
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