Last week we started the Happiness Challenge around learning self care habits, this week we will start a new challenge around altruism.

The mesolimbic pathway is active when you behave in an altruistic way. This is what is known as the brain's reward centre, which generates the "dopamine-mediated euphoria associated with food and drugs." When we do good deeds not only are we happier, but studies also show our stress is reduced. When we're stressed, hormones are released, which increases our blood and respiration levels: it activates our "fight or flight" mode. Therefore doing good allows you to lead a healthier, longer life.