Beyond the stellar weather, coastal setting and active social scene, it may just be Southwest Florida’s philanthropic spirit that earns us constant praise as being among the happiest regions in the country.
Research suggests that acting charitably and having ample opportunities to give back play a large role in feeling self-satisfaction. Several studies show that when you do something kind, volunteer or give a gift, your body produces feel-good chemicals, such as endorphins and oxytocin (the love hormone), as well as mood-boosting dopamine and serotonin—all associated with the brain’s reward system.
There’s also a sense of purpose that comes from serving others and inherent value in turning your attention outward. So, go on and flip that happy switch by paying it forward.