Social connections can be good for us. We are hard-wired for face-to-face contact that includes lots of touch, eye contact, and smiles. Such interactions release a hormone called oxytocin, which helps us to bond and care for others, and also helps us to handle stress better.
Research finds that volunteering only has health benefits for people who do it in order to help others, rather than to help themselves. So pick a cause you care about and do it ‘heartfully’. What’s more, volunteering is a good way to meet others, make friends, and bond over common beliefs and goals. Truly, helping others helps depression.