In today’s modern economy and professional environment, competition and stress can make it hard to look for ways to help others and mankind. While many people are focused on doing what is best for themselves in a hope that it will make them happy and feel good, some scientists and doctors are now showing that it may be far more beneficial for the brain and psyche to focus on helping out others (crunchbase.com).
Jorge Moll, who is a neuroscientist, has completed a number of different studies and tests on what happens to the brain in a variety of situations. One of the most recent studies that Dr. Moll completed while working for the National Institutes of Health showed that it could be very beneficial for the brain and overall personal health to find ways to help other people and to do good deeds.
Dr. Moll and others that work at the National Institutes of Health have found that when someone does a good deed and helps other people out that their brains signal some primitive reactions that help them to feel better. This finding could conclude that those that focus on helping others could end up having a better quality of life and feel better about themselves.
This recent study seems to align and correlate with the belief of many different spiritual leaders. These leaders have always stated the positive emotional benefits that come along with doing good for other people. However, the recent tests put on by the National Institutes of Health could finally prove to those in the science community that there is a physical benefit of it as well.
This was not the first test of this kind to be done. At the University of Southern California scientists were able to test moral decisions and dilemmas in patients with certain brain injuries. Those that had damage to a certain area of the brain were shown to have less guilt when making a decision that others would consider challenging. This can help to show that this area of the brain has a direct link to overall morality and a sense of guilt.