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There are many aspects to our health and the one that is often forgotten or is not given a priority is the health within. How we feel and process things within can have a huge impact on our physical health, even to the point of causing sickness. So here is one way to help your health status and that is by GIVING. Now let’s talk about why we should give because studies have found health benefits associated with giving:
- Lower blood pressure
- Increased self-esteem
- Less depression
- Lower stress levels
- Longer life
- Greater happiness
According to a 2006 study published in the International Journal of Psychophysiology, people who gave social support to others had lower blood pressure than people who didn’t.
The same study also found that people who gave their time to help others through community and organizational involvement had greater self-esteem, less depression and lower stress levels than those who didn’t.
A 2008 study by Harvard Business School professor Michael Norton and colleagues found that giving money to someone else lifted participants’ happiness more that spending it on themselves (despite participants’ prediction that spending on themselves would make them happier).
A wide range of research has linked different forms of generosity to better health, even among the sick and elderly.
When you give, you’re more likely to get back: sociologists Brent Simpson and Robb Willer have suggested that when you give to others, your generosity is likely to be rewarded by others down the line.
So with all that being said not only is giving the right thing to do but it has a HUGE health benefit to the one that is giving. So let’s give a little. Next month I’ll be sending out information on how you can participate in our annual Toy Drive. Every year I am amazed and over whelmed by the generosity this community has for others, so let’s join in.
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