Why giving is good for you

Good Health
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Why giving is good for you
Brought to you by Good Health magazine

When it comes to the festive season, there are myriad ways to spread good cheer over Christmas. Angela Donaldson shares with us how you receive when you give.

  • Giving can alleviate depression in both the short and long term – and people who volunteer have lower levels of depression.
  • People who volunteer are more satisfied with their lives, have a stronger will to live, have less anxiety and fewer physical symptoms caused by psychological conditions.
  • Older people who volunteer tend to live longer.
  • Giving is good for the heart because it stimulates the production of the hormone oxytocin which protects us from hardening of the arteries, dilates our blood vessels, reduces blood pressure, and may help the heart regenerate after damage.
  • People who spend more money on others are happier than those who spend more money on themselves.
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