In recent years, researchers want to know about the impact of doing good on the human body. Scientists want to understand how far altruism (the desire to do good deeds) affect our health, even our age.
In everyday life, many people give their spare time to volunteer, help in public kitchens for the homeless, clean up the garbage, help the elderly to the grocery store, or help the next-door neighbors, clean up the abandoned animal shelters, plant trees for reforestation and so forth.
When we do good, research shows, we will feel comfortable and less stress. This is called psychological influence. Lalau, what is the effect of doing good to our physiology or physical body? Does doing good also affect the length or the shortness of our age too?
These questions are the focus of 50 scientific studies funded by The Institute for Research on Unlimited Love, led by Stephen G. Post, PhD, a professor of bioethics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
"There are many studies that prove that receiving generosity and compassion has a positive effect on the health and well-being of the recipient, and the benefits of that good will be returned to the giver," Post said.
In a paper published earlier this year, the Post explains the biological basics of stress and how altruism can be the antidote.
This connection was discovered inadvertently in 1956, when the Cornell University research team began observing 427 women married to their children. Researchers assume that housewives with many children have greater stress levels and die earlier than women with fewer children.
"Surprisingly, researchers found that the number of children, education, social class and employment status did not affect the length or the shortness of life," the Post wrote. After observing these women for 30 years, the researchers found that 52 percent of those who did not take part in voluntary work, suffered severe illnesses. While 36 percent who do activities as a social volunteer, did not experience the same thing.
Two other large studies have found that parents who volunteer to work as volunteers live longer than nonrelawan. Another large study found, there was an early decline in mortality rate of 44 percent among people who do a lot of social work. This effect is four times greater than the effect of exercise as much as four times a week, explains the Post.
There are also other studies involving students as volunteers. They were asked to watch a movie about Mother Teresa's work helping the poor in Calcutta. Researchers found there was a significant increase in antibodies during and after these students watched. The effects of the antibody increase lasted an hour after the movie was over. [feb] NEXT