“Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud”
This quote rings so true; according to science doing kind acts for others genuinely makes you happier. Cooperation or generosity activates a part of the brain called the striatum. This area of the brain responds to rewards like good food, a hot shower, or doing kind acts for others. The striatum releases what is called “warm glow” or positive energy with reward activation.
SF Therapist, originally an East Coast native. I lived and worked in NYC for many years in social justice non-profits. My mental health career started on Rape Crisis and Suicide Prevention hotlines. I've now been in the mental health field for 10 years. Check out my stories on Instagram at @therapywithcatharine!