Did you know that donating to charity is good for you?

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

Increased self-esteem

Less depression

Longer life

Greater happiness



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.”


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