Caring For Others Improves Happiness … Fact!

The top line: people who care for others’ well-being through acts of altruism, volunteering, or formation of communal relationships seem to be happier and less depressed.

This seems to be especially true in older individuals.

Most people who care for others in a selfless manner do so because of a genuine desire to help and improve the world around them. Nonetheless, modern psychological research has shown that caring has benefits for all involved; people who volunteer or care for others on a consistent basis tend to have better psychological well-being, including fewer depressive symptoms and higher life-satisfaction.

Although “caring” can involve volunteering as part of an organised group or club, it can be as simple as reaching out to a workmate or classmate who looks lonely or is struggling with an issue. Studies show that people who reach out like this can benefit in multiple ways.