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'The act of helping others releases 'feel good' chemicals in the brain that trigger positive emotions.'

London - Women are more charitable than men, research has revealed.

They are not only more likely to donate to charity, they are also much more inclined to give to homeless people and to do voluntary work.

Men, meanwhile, are nearly twice as likely never to give to charity or admit that they do not perform any good deeds.

Women are more generous in every way and, it seems, get a bigger kick out of being charitable, a survey found.

Yet, more men claim that they are naturally altruistic – 41 percent. For women the figure was 37 percent.

More than half of men (56 percent) say they never offer food or donate to a homeless person, compared with 46 percent of women – and twice as many women as men give regularly.

While 10 percent of men say they never give to charity, only six percent of women admit to this.

And 19 percent of women do voluntary work, compared with 12 percent of men. Women were also more likely to say they felt guilty just knowing that others were less well off than themselves.

Half said they felt appreciably better having done a good deed, compared with only a third of the men questioned.

Neuroscientist Dr David Lewis, who analysed the research, said: “Women, being more empathic, finding it easier to see the world through the eyes of other people, whereas men tend to shrink away when emotions are expressed.

“For men, the thought generally comes before the action – they might assume that giving money to a homeless person on the street will have a negative result. For women, thought follows the action – they are more likely to spontaneously reach into their bag and donate, even if they later come to question their decision.

“But we also found in our research that, regardless of gender, when making others happy, via simple acts of charity or generosity, we increase our own happiness.

“The act of helping others releases “feel good” chemicals in the brain that trigger positive emotions.”

The study of 1 873 people was commissioned by Fairy as part of its annual partnership with Make-A-Wish Foundation. - Daily Mail

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