Did you know that today is Giving Tuesday? It was created just a few years ago in 2012 by technology companies. The purpose of this day is to give back to your community by volunteering or donating to local charities.
While your community may benefit greatly from your volunteering efforts or donations, did you know that your health may benefit too!
The benefits of giving may positively affect your mental and physical health in many ways.
First of all, giving to others can make you feel happier. Research shows that giving selflessly activates areas of the brain that are linked with contentment and the reward cycle. To read more about these studies, click on the link for the article: MedicalNewsToday
Giving to others may also help raise your self-esteem and lessen depression. Studies show that by helping others, we feel better about ourselves and also improve relationships with those around us. To read more, click on the link provided: Psychology Today
Health benefits, such as lower stress levels and lower blood pressure, may come as a result of giving to others. Research shows that people who give of their time and provide social support to others experience decreased levels of stress and lower blood pressure. These studies also show that it may even help you live longer! Click on the following link to read more: healthessentials
Although Giving Tuesday is only one day out of the month, do not let that stop you from giving at any time. This year has been a hard year for many people, in many different ways. Since it is the holiday season, find ways this month to give back to those around you. Some suggestions are: