Stanford University runs The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, and has collaborated with top doctors in a variety of fields to compile research on altruism. In a number of studies using a variety of psychological and biological measures, compassion not only stimulates the pleasure centers of the brain, but also leads to a decrease stress and improved immune function.
Research is also suggesting that it is not simply Darwin’s ‘Survival of the Fittest’, but more the statement made by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, “if one wishes to make others happy, be compassionate; if one wishes to be happy, be compassionate”. It is important we all volunteer to give back to others, whether it is volunteering through iFred’s programs, working at a local animal shelter, serving at a food bank, or running a race for a cause.
Do Good, Feel Good. Feel Good, Do Good.