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Helping Others Can Help You Feel Better During the Pandemic (Greater Good Science Center)

Posted by Laurie J Cameron

Research finds that people who have helped others more often during the pandemic reported higher positive emotions and more satisfaction with their relationships. How can you offer help or support to someone today?

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In many ways, the coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated the extent to which we rely on others. This year, we’ve been forced to find new ways to stay connected, whether that’s signing up for virtual volunteering, organizing Zoom happy hours, or using resources like Nextdoor’s Help Map to obtain essential supplies.

How are these new ways of connecting impacting our well-being during the pandemic? According to a new research paper published in The Gerontologist, all the help that we’re giving and receiving may be serving to brighten our days and keep our relationships strong.

As shelter-in-place orders were issued in March, a team of researchers began asking participants to complete surveys each night for a week...Continue reading the original article written by Elizabeth Hopper at the Greater Good Science Center.

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