The Chemicals of Generosity
Research shows that there are three things in particular that we can do in order to feel a sense of peace and happiness, even if its just for minor glimpses.
A sense of peace and happiness comes when chemicals like oxytocin are released in the brain, resulting in an overall experience of peacefulness and blissfulness.
By showing gratitude, our brains release oxytocin and, suddenly we begin to feel good about our lives and for the good things about it.
Generosity, when done consciously and with the right intention can also have a similar effect. Studies suggest that when you perform acts of generosity, your brain acts in similar ways, releasing its feel good chemicals.
Biologically, chemically – no matter which way you look at it. As human beings, we are designed to show empathy and compassion to each other. Our well being improves as we improve the well being of those around us.