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The most rewarding good deeds according to a new study

The most rewarding good deeds according to a new study
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In a new survey, 90% of Americans say they feel better about themselves when they actively give back.

The survey of 2,000 U.S. adults, conducted by OnePoll, showed 92% of people said they feel happy when they do something nice for someone else while 77% also said it makes them feel more relaxed.  

The survey also clarified that good deeds are rewarding because of hidden mental and physical health benefits, causing the people who perform them to feel happy (92%), relaxed (77%) and healthy (71%).

It shouldn’t be a surprise that doing a good deed will make you feel better; however, we would love to know what the other 8% answered.

Here are the most rewarding small deeds according to the results:

Helping a colleague, friend or family member with a task (61%)

Donating to someone in need (59%)

Saying “good morning” to someone (53%)

Holding a door open for someone (53%)

Giving a compliment to someone (52%)

Paying for someone’s meal (46%)

Buying someone a coffee (43%)

Helping someone carry their groceries (42%)


And here are the top 5 most popular types of charities:

Health (53%)

Human/Civil Rights (44%)

Animals/Wildlife (42%)

Education (41%)

Environmental (41%)


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