Give, then Pass. There are few feelings in the world that surpass that of knowing youve helped someonewhether its through a financial donation or a mentoring program or giving up your seat on a crowded bus. It feels goodand is good. So good, in fact, that some researchers have found that the effect of giving, of altruisms small and big, is similar to the so‑called runners high (the rush of endorphins). But unlike exercise euphoria, this rush can last a long time. The evidence: Ninety percent of people who experience this high give their health condition a better grade than those who dont. The reason: It seems that charity might really start at home. Your thoughts about helping others help you. They seem to be able to do things that strengthen your immune system, boost positive emotions, decrease pain, and provide stress relief. Separate studies show that charitable heart attack patients recover faster than those who arent, and those who do volunteer work have death rates 60 percent lower than those who dont. But heres the catch. When you give something to somebody, we want you to find a way to allow them to have the dignity to pass it along to someone else. Though people very often need help, they also dont want to feel like charity cases. They want to feel that they can also pass something along to others. This also makes giving more attractive, since you are really priming the pump of a chain reaction that will help many more people than the one group you targeted with your kindness. So be explicit in your giving and ask how the recipient will pass it forward. Try to pick situations where this expectation is clear.