When we feel and act on a strong desire to ease suffering in others, we are acting with compassion. And research suggests that doing so on a routine basis may be healthy for both your mind and body. It may help lower stress, boost joy, and lead to a longer life. Think of a time when you helped someone and how good it felt. Maybe you listened to a friend talk about a tough problem? Or, maybe you volunteered at a homeless shelter, comforted a friend at the hospital, or rescued a stray dog.
Make a list of such acts and vow to do more of them when you can. You may end up living a healthier, happier, and longer life.