This research aims to understand how adolescent prosocial “help-giving” behaviors positively impact mood, particularly depressed mood. Youths of the study experienced increased positive mood on the days they reported more prosocial behaviors even when controlled for support received. The strongest interaction between the prosocial behaviors and mood was among youth experiencing depressive symptoms. The results support the theory that daily prosociality can provide benefits to depressed youth that help to fulfill social and emotional needs.
Source: National Library of Medicine https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30138009