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Jorge Moll’s Scientific Perspective towards Gratitude

Intro

Jorge Moll earned his degree in Medicine from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in 1994 in addition to completing his medical residency in Neurology. After obtaining a Ph.D. in Experimental Pathophysiology at Sao Paulo University, he became the head of the D’Or Institute of Research and Education (IDOR) and the Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Unit (CBNU) located in Rio de Janeiro (Scholar.Google).

The Gift of Giving

Jason Marsh and Jill Suttie offer commentary on why gift giving can be beneficial. The act of giving strengthens their health and happiness in addition to the community around them.

Jorge Moll and several of his colleagues at the National Institute of Health conducted a research study in 2006 to determine the positive effects of gift giving. They discovered that when individuals donate to charities or hand out gifts, regions of their brain associated with pleasure, social connection and trust begin to open. “Helper’s high,” an emotional feeling triggered by endorphins being released in the brain, creates this altruistic behavior. This biological finding adds more depth to the following research study on the benefits of giving.

Other major advantages include

  1. Major Health Benefits: The odds of health diseases such as chronic illness, HIV, and multiple sclerosis are greatly reduced
  2. Increased cooperation and social connection: As suggested by Robb Willer, giving to others increase the likelihood of being rewarded in the future, regardless if the person is the recipient or someone else. The exchange also promotes trust and cooperation that increases our ties to others.
  3. Giving evokes gratitude
  4. Domino Effect: Once an act of kindness or giving is apparent in a community, it motivates more members to follow the same trend or action.

More about Jorge Moll at http://moll-lab.org/our-team/jorge-moll