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Research shows helping others improves overall mental well-being

A person fixes a spider's web.

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5. Practice generosity. Volunteer for a cause you believe in. Commit random acts of kindness. Care for someone in need. When I began caring for my 90-something mother several years ago, we disagreed on everything. Over time, however, her gratitude and my desire to do the right thing eclipsed petty old resentments. Bestselling author and psychologist Mary Pipher once told me, "We grow to love what we care for." Sometimes, it's a matter of going through the motions and trusting that the heart will catch up.

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