An ancient Chinese saying is “If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.” Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” And Booker T. Washington added to that notion with, “Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.”

While the conventional wisdom that giving is more important than receiving has been passed down for generations, we’ve only more recently discovered that science supports this sentiment. Research has shown that when we do something nice for someone or help others, it stimulates the pleasure center of our brains the same way chocolate does.

Read more in the digital edition of the Winter 2016 Issue of WellesleyWeston Magazine!