Helper’s High: Helping Others for Everyone’s Mental Health

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Helping others is good for your mental health. There’s even a name for it – the helper’s high. Find out more on HealthyPlace.

Helper’s High: Helping Others for Everyone’s Mental Health

Have you heard of the helper’s high before? In essence, the helper’s high sums up how helping others is good for your mental health. Let me share an example of the helper’s high.

As of August, 2018, wildfires continue to ravage the state of California, causing great suffering and loss. A radio station reporting on the fires shared this story: Doctors, nurses, and staff at a hospital in northern California lived near each other in a community. The fire swept through the community, and people lost everything; some even lost their lives. Still, the next day, every single one of those doctors, nurses, and staff members showed up to work. Why? They had vowed to help their community survive, and the loss of their homes didn’t change that.

Allan Luks, a top expert on volunteerism, would likely point to this as an example of what he has dubbed the Helper’s High. After studying thousands of volunteers and the outcomes of their helping others, Luks concluded that helping and volunteering is good for us mentally, physically, and spiritually.

Reaching out in some way, even with something as seemingly small as a smile, increases our physical and mental health. It decreases stress, anxiety, depression, isolation, and loneliness. It fosters a sense of connection and togetherness, the realistic belief that we’re not alone in our misery.

Small connections lead to big results for both recipient and the giver. Everyone can experience the helper’s high because being a helper means doing something right where you are in a way that makes your heart sing.

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2018, August 20). Helper’s High: Helping Others for Everyone’s Mental Health, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 22 from

Last Updated: August 21, 2018

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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