Helping others can increase longevity

Research from Claremont Graduate University (USA) shows that there is an increase in the production of the hormone oxytocin in people who often help others.

The new study results were published in the journal Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience (USA). For the study, scientists invited about 100 people, ages 18 to 99, to watch a video of a young boy with cancer. The researchers then compared the participants’ blood oxytocin levels before and after watching the video.

The results showed that the people who secrete the most oxytocin were also those who enthusiastically donated to support the child patient. This group, which now includes many elderly people, lives healthy and happy lives.

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Paul J Zak, study author and director of the Center for Neuroeconomic Research at Claremont Graduate University in California, told the paper. HealthlineThis is the first time a study has linked an increase in oxytocin with helping others. “It is surprising that the relationship between good deeds and the release of oxytocin is strong in older people,” he said.

Zak said he was inspired to do the study, after years of looking at the effects of oxytocin on young people. What the researchers found is also in line with human intuition, because the fact that giving and helping others makes everyone happier. And of course, being happier makes people live longer.

The role of oxytocin in middle-aged and elderly people is really important. Oxytocin is inherently closely related to reproduction. As we age, the production of oxytocin in the body decreases. Therefore, doing good deeds helps the body to produce a significant amount of oxytocin, which is evaluated as a regenerative for the body.

Sanam Hafeez, a neuropsychologist in New York, sees that as good news. This is one way to improve our physical and mental well-being as we age, she says: “The more you do good and you feel happy, the more it motivates you to do good. , the body releases oxytocin, the hormone that makes you feel good.”

What kind of charity work is appropriate?

According to experts, people, of all ages and social backgrounds can do good deeds and help others. However, you should start from simple things, for example greeting people (a good form of work), taking care of a small dog… You can also exercise, participate in charity activities. of unions, organizations… or help people around. Your brain quickly adapts to these simple, mundane tasks, and your body will also repay you with oxytocin, helping you live each day happily.

Thuy Linh (According to Healthline)


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