“Our research shows that when we help others we can also help ourselves,” said Emily Ansell, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Yale, in a press release. “Stressful days usually lead us to have a worse mood and poorer mental health, but our findings suggest that if we do small things for others, such as holding a door open for someone, we won’t feel as poorly on stressful days.”
The study, published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, focused on 77 adults, aged 18-44, who were asked to report their experiences and emotions for 14 days by completing a daily assessment on a smartphone. The results show that participants who said they helped others also reported increased well-being, and better yet, more acts of kindness were associated with feeling better and improving overall mental health every day. And here you were thinking all you'd get is good karma.