Why Doing Good Makes You Happy: The "Do Good Feel Good" Theory

Why Doing Good Makes You Happy: The “Do Good Feel Good” Theory

Have you ever noticed that when you do good you feel happier. Plus, when you engaged in bad behavior, you feel kind of lousy?

Researchers have noticed this pattern – and even have a fancy name for this phenomenon: 

“The Do Good, Feel Good Phenomenon.”

Researchers have discovered that the more people do acts of altruism, the higher they raise their self-esteem – and thereby the higher they also raise their happiness.

(Scroll down for a poster which sums this up!)

The “Do Good, Feel Good Phenomenon” works like this…

Why Doing Good Makes You Happy And Bad Behavior Makes You Sad
Unfortunately this cycle also works in the opposite direction.

  • The unhappy can become unhappier by indulging in negative behaviors.
  • When people do negative actions they then lower their self esteem.
  • When people lower their self esteem, they feel more unhappy.
  • As a result of this unhappiness, these people then want to do more negative behaviors.
  • When people do more negative habits, they further lower their self esteem, which then further makes them want to do negative behaviors – and soon they find themselves on a downward spiral.

Why Doing Good Makes You Happy And Bad Behavior Makes You Sad
Down, down, down their mood spiral goes.

And down, down, down the results for their life goes.

So, watch out for those downward spirals!

Get yourself hooked on the Do-Good-Feel-Good upward spiral instead.

Below is an inspirational quote poster I designed – which sums this up quickly.

Pass it on..and boost your upward spiral! 🙂

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Do good,  feel good. Feel good, do good. Keep the cycle going. – Karen Salmansohn

Think happier. Think calmer.

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Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.

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