Did you know that donating to charity is good for you?
Anyone who has given time, money, or other resources probably already know this from experience.
A recent study by the Cleveland Clinic shows that giving is good for the giver. Studies have found these health benefits associated with giving:
Lower blood pressure
Individuals are most likely to feel what some would call a “givers high” when they contribute to the lives of the people around them. Giving back also supports healthy connections and a sense of purpose for the community. In Stephen G. Post & Jill Neimark book called Why Good Things Happen to Good People, they wrote: “The startling findings from our many studies demonstrate that if you engage in helping activities as a teen, you will still be reaping health benefits 60 or 70 years later.” A longer healthier life, all by altering one behavior, according to science. No time like the present to add a regime that promotes well-being.
Here are a few ways to help kick off your giving regime:
- Donate unused items to a local charity of need.
- Donate canned food to a local food pantry.
- Volunteer at a local charity.
- Consider joining a local board or committee.
- Contribute money to areas that you would like to make an impact.
Impact the lives of others today and see how you can reap the benefits of the “givers high.”