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.”