The reasons behind the giver-receiver relationship aren't completely clear, but recent research published in Molecular Psychiatry suggests nurturing others might feel good because it's rewarded by spikes of dopamine, the neurotransmitter linked to pleasure and cravings.
Researchers urge us to perform small, consistent acts of giving every day, with consciousness and intention; they say a daily practice of generosity will help you align your actions with your values (live with personal integrity), become more spiritually grounded and deepen your relationships with the people around you.
So, in the timeless wisdom of Supertramp ...
give a little bit, give a little bit of your love to me
I'll give a little bit, give a little bit of my love to you
there's so much we need to share, so send a smile and show you care ...