Studies cite 'glow of giving'

Malisa Ali, a graduate of Stony Brook University,

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Malisa Ali, a graduate of Stony Brook University, poses for a portrait near the East Meadow Public Library in East Meadow. (Dec. 22, 2011) (Credit: Daniel Brennan)

For Malisa Ali and fellow Stony Brook University students, their monthly "It's Peanut Butter Jelly Time" gatherings have become more than just about making sandwiches for the homeless.

Ali, 21, a senior who is president of the community service club, said she's seen a spillover psychic benefit to the helpers, with some feeling happier or coming out of their shells.

Of fellow members,...

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