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  • Dr. Olga Filippa Nel

Altruism is Contagious

Updated: May 6, 2020

“Life is of no use if not used to serve others. For life is measured by love” - Pope Francis.

In my last article, I challenged you to go outside yourself, make a difference and help others. I am going to urge you once again to do so because it is one of the best ways to improve mental wellness.

Scientific studies have shown that giving back boosts your happiness, health and sense of wellbeing. The benefits are not just psychological but physiological too. For example, helping others can decrease the risk of hypertension, alleviate chronic pain and promote increased longevity.


Altruism is also contagious. When one person performs a good deed, it causes a chain reaction which inspires others to do the same. What a great way to influence the world around us and – especially – the children and youths who, let’s face it, learn mostly by imitating adults!


So here is your task for this week. Every day give of yourself to others through acts of selfless and genuine caring. Make someone feel special, call that long neglected relative, hug your partner and children, be supportive and, most of all, let love guide you. It’s free and it’s easy to share. So join me today in choosing to live this challenging moment with love and a spirit of giving.


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