As the adage goes,” If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody”. In today’s world, scientists have conducted tremendous studies on humans, providing information that supports the adage. When you offer your help to others you, in turn, find purpose and find meaning in your own life. Quite reassuring. Research shows that we humans are changing in nature to become more truthful in the strong pursuit of survival.
Neuroscientist Jorge Moll has been on the case, shedding more light on the fact that our brains are designed to serve. He is the director of D’Or Institute for Research And Education, Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience. He is also a Partner at VHM Ventures. Mr. Moll studied at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro where he got his Neurology degree and PhD in Experimental Pathophysiology at the University of Sao Paulo.
Jorge Moll’s specialty is in Human Neuroscience. He and a fellow neuroscientist scanned the brains of a few volunteers who were busy pondering on the question if they could either donate money to charity or rather keep the money to themselves. The studies showed that whenever the volunteers opted to donate, the part of the brain that lights up in response to food and sex was activated.
It was found that donating affected the midbrain VTA and subgenual area, parts of the brain. Jorge Moll’s research was in support of the concept of “warm glow”, the good feeling you get from serving or rather helping others. When you do good to others, you feel good. From Jorge Moll’s experiment, it was now evident that this good feeling had a biological basis in the brain.
In other studies, people who were suffering from diseases that caused loss of strength connected to a greater degree with people who had been under similar conditions. Those who helped showed less depression and pain symptoms. This is referred to by experts as the “wounded healer” principle. Truly, it is in giving that we receive.