Based on national research that Allan did 20 years ago, he introduced the term “Helper’s High”—the powerful physical feelings people experience when directly helping others—to explain the real benefits to volunteers’ physical and emotional health. Today, this awareness has become internationally recognized as a way to recruit volunteers.
People have known for ages that helping others is good for the soul. But the study that Allan Luks conducted of over 3000 male and female volunteers has proven it is good for the body and mental health too. His research concluded that regular helpers are 10 times more likely to be in good health than people who don’t volunteer. And that there’s an actual biochemical explanation: volunteering reduces the body's stress and also releases endorphins, the brain’s natural painkillers.
His book: “The Healing Power of Doing Good” explains the relationship between good health and volunteering, and the factors that make it possible to allow individuals to maintain their independence as they grow older and face both physical and mental health challenges.
Bernie Siegel, M.D., author of ‘Love, Medicine and Miracles,’ said about the book, “A wonderful guide for all of us. Read it! Follow its teachings and heal your life and the lives of others.”