Positive.News put out a call on social media for people who have helped others during the pandemic and received hundreds of responses. Writer Abby Young-Powell asked people what altruistic acts they’ve been doing and why and spoke to psychologists to find out how giving boosts our mood and helps us stay resilient. Psychologist Rachel Allan says that helping others boosts our mood because it has meaning. Kind acts even release feel-good hormones and physically change our brains. “For example," said psychotherapist Claire-Goodwin Fee, "gratitude creates different pathways in your brain and changes the way your brain looks and functions.”

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