As it turns out, doing philanthropic acts, charity, donating money and even donating a portion of your time, not only is good for the individual in the receiving end but might also pose a significant benefit for the giver as well.
Jorge Moll, a specialist in neuroscience and a scientist of an influential name and backstory, found out, with a couple of scientists, in 2006, that charitable acts trigger important components in the brain of the givers.
When we talk about happiness, we usually don’t talk about the chemical side of the equation, but this is exactly what Jorge Moll and the other researchers were focusing on.
The patients of the research, who were asked to perform activities and, in the middle of those, some of them would end up doing something that resembled charity or donation, ended up showing fantastic results. What Jorge Moll found out was that different components lighted up when they performed those activities.
Dopamine is the component that is released when you are expected to receive a reward, and when you do receive it. It is both in the presence of the expectation and the receiving end. However, the vital component that we want to discuss is Oxytocin, the neurochemical that has allowed human beings to become social creatures and benefit from interactions with one another. This ingredient, which is triggered when we perform acts of charity or compassion, makes the patients feel empathy for the other, benefiting their mood and well-being.
Jorge Moll also found out that those who practiced these acts of charity very often ended up being the ones that are the ablest to break bad habits and addiction. As it turns out, releasing these chemical molecules is very beneficial for those who are trying to break addictions and change their habits. That concludes that the ones who can change their perspectives are those who are good to the others and are close to friends and family.
Jorge Moll, a very experienced neuroscientist, was amazed by the discoveries, but he was not surprised. With decades of working with patients, he always found out that those who had a kind heart were the ones that were able to achieve the healthiest spikes of happiness in life (GloboPlay.Globo).