Cookies on this website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Continue' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

We feel good when we do a good deed, so there must be a psychological benefit to helping others? But how can we know for sure? The best way to study the health benefits of kind deeds is to look at studies of volunteering.

In 2011, Daniel George conducted a randomised trial with 30 adults in Ohio with mild to moderate dementia. Half the adults spent an hour every two weeks helping young school children with reading, writing and history. The other half (the control group) were assigned to not do any voluntary work. At the end of the five-month study, stress was lowered more in the adults who helped than in the adults who didn’t.

Read the full article on The Conversation website, written by Jeremy Howick, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences.

Oxford is a subscribing member of The Conversation. Find out how you can write for The Conversation.

Similar stories

Oxford Researchers elected to Royal Society

Awards and Appointments General

Six scientists from the University of Oxford, including Professor Adrian Hill and Professor Frances Platt from the Medical Sciences Division, have joined the Royal Society as Fellows.

Student Prizes for Biomedical Sciences and Medicine 2020-2021

Awards and Appointments General

Congratulations to all our Biomedical Sciences students and Medicine students who have been awarded prizes during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Multi-partner 'OpenMind' consortium to develop technology for new generation of neurostimulation devices

General Research

Investigators at the University of Oxford, University of California San Francisco (UCSF), Brown University and the Mayo Clinic have joined forces to develop open-source technology platforms for a new generation of neurostimulation devices that not only provide stimulation to the brain but also sense, record, and stream brain activity.

Why we must expand newborn screening

General Research

Professor Laurent Servais of the Department of Paeditrics writes for the Oxford Science Blog on why it is important that we become much more efficient in the diagnosis of treatable conditions and in the treatment of these diseases.

Top place for Oxford Clinical Medical Student in prestigious national Ophthalmology Duke Elder Prize Examination

Awards and Appointments General

Sixth year Clinical Medical student, Ryan Purdy (Worcester College), placed first in the Royal College of Ophthalmology's annual Prize Examination.