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By Hannah L. Schacter
University of Southern California 

Teens who feel down may benefit from picking others up

 

October 12, 2018



(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.)

Think about the last time you helped someone out. Maybe you sent a supportive text to a stressed-out friend or gave directions to a lost stranger.

How did it make you feel?

If you said good, happy, or maybe even “warm and fuzzy,” you’re not alone. Research shows that helping others offers a number of important psychological and health benefits.

In daily life, people report better mood on days that they assist a stranger or offer an empathetic ear to a friend. Adults who...



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