There is a relationship between the happiness that arises in the heart with the habit of doing good, according to research conducted by a team from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. The good deeds meant by this study are charity and giving something to others.
Methods undertaken by the study are survey and data collection to 50 participants. They were each given money 25 Swiss francs, for a few months.
From the 50 people, it is divided into two groups: groups that must share the money with others directly or in the form of gifts or food.
The other group, they must spend the money for themselves alone. Cannot give to others.
At one point, the two groups underwent brain scans. The results turned out to show different conditions.
Groups that are charitable have a part of the brain that is active in neurons in the brain, temporo-parietal junction (TPJ). That part also activates neurons in the ventral striatum or the location of the brain where the sense of happiness arises.
“In a group that routinely does good to others, these neurons are so active,” according to the study, quoted from The Independent on Tuesday (17/7).
The group also claimed to be happier than before being a research participant, although the level of happiness of each person is very subjective and cannot be measured. They also tend to share more easily afterward.
Another unique note is that when you do good then the area of the brain that processes appreciation, happiness, and empathy, becomes more active.