2. Adopt a Helping Spirit
When we help others out of the goodness of our hearts, we don’t usually do so expecting anything in return. However, if you wrap gifts, serve food at a local shelter, visit the elderly, or hand out coats to the homeless during the holidays you really are getting something back for your efforts.
Research published by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, found that participating in altruistic or volunteer efforts encourages the release of endorphins, which are like little happiness hormones that prevent fatigue and depression. Yet the findings show that committing selfless acts don’t only help us feel good emotionally—altruism is also linked to lowering anxiety and depression, and decreasing the risk of mortality.