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An Amazon.com reviewer of The Healing Power of Doing Good, a 1992 book written by social campaigner Allan Luks, said he decided to put the book’s claims to the test.
So what were those claims?
Broadly the book reported on a study of over 3,000 volunteers, showing that when they helped others, they also benefited, leading to an effect now known as the “Helper’s High”.
In fact, Luks’s book introduced both the concept and the term “Helper’s High”.
The Amazon reviewer (Frank) reported that he started teaching English to someone who didn’t already speak the language – for just two hours a week – and in only a couple of weeks noticed a change in his own sense of well-being.
He said he left the tutoring sessions on a kind of high, then later felt more calm and focused.
It’s worth remembering that helping someone else can be a fantastic way to give yourself a boost when you need it.
Perhaps you’d like to experience this right now?
With humble apologies for the remarkably self-serving nature of this experiment, it’s actually me who’d like your help.
You see, the wonders of modern printing technology mean we have the luxury of being able to make design decisions about my book’s cover with less than three weeks until it’s published, so I’d love your vote on which design you prefer.
Please click on the link below where you’ll see a few different concepts.
Then have your say by voting, and also feel very free to add your thoughts in the Comments section below.
Who knows, lending a hand might even give you a modest helper’s high yourself.