The Helper's High

Explore (NY). 2018 Nov;14(6):393-399. doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2018.10.003. Epub 2018 Oct 23.


The concept of the "helper's high" arose in the 1980s, and has been confirmed in various studies since then. It consists of positive emotions following selfless service to others. Greater health and increased longevity are associated with this psychological state. Generosity, selflessness, and an extended sense of self favor our ability to confront successfully the environmental challenges we face on our planet.

Keywords: Helper's high; generosity; hope; selflessness.

MeSH terms

  • Altruism*
  • Emotions*
  • Health Status*
  • Helping Behavior*
  • Humans
  • Longevity*