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Giving to Others Can Help You Live a Healthier and Happier Life

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Who hasn’t heard the adage, “There is more happiness in giving than in receiving”Recent studies have shown that not only are givers happier, they are also living longer and healthier lives!

Researchers have recently looked into what is known as the “helper’s high” – that warm fuzzy feeling you get from helping others – and how it affects us emotionally and physically. Since this is a time of the year when people are thinking about gratitude and giving back, let’s talk about some of the ways having a giving spirit can benefit you.

Benefits of giving

We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.” 
~Winston Churchill

In everyday life, many people volunteer — whether it’s serving at soup kitchens, cleaning up litter, taking seniors to the grocery store, or helping a next-door neighbour. These people are motivated by an unselfish desire to help others with no thought of repayment. Nevertheless, there are dividends to be reaped from having a giving spirit. Here are just a few:

Can you give?

Giving benefits both the giver and the receiver. Would you like to experience the “helper’s high” and gain the benefits that come from giving to others?

There are many opportunities available in every community to do something good for someone else. Check with your local food banks, nursing homes, hospitals, or community groups for a need for volunteers. Or look for ways to help others around you at work, home, or in your neighbourhood. As we have discussed, the rewards you will get far outweigh any sacrifice you may make!

Do you have favourite ways of giving?  What do you feel you receive? We’ll be interested to read your comments below!


The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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