Charitable giving can boost both mental and physical health. Research
shows that those who volunteer live longer and have happier lives.
Charitable giving delivers a host of benefits to the body and brain.
Experts agree that by giving your time or money you can experience:
• Lower blood pressure.
• Lower stress levels.
• Less anxiety and depression.
• Increased self-esteem.
Four reasons to begin a tradition of giving:
• Giving makes you feel happy. Your brain's pleasure circuits are stimulated by acts of charity and release "good feeling" chemicals such as endorphins, which give you a sense of euphoria, and oxytocin, which promotes tranquility and inner peace.
• Giving is good for your health. Stress is the catalyst for many known health issues. Giving has been proven to decrease blood pressure and reduce stress. This reduction promotes longer life and better health.
• Giving promotes social connection. Studies show that when you give to others, your generosity is often continued down the line to someone else or returned to you. This strengthens our ties to each other.
• Giving is contagious. When one person gives, it inspires others to do the same. Today is El Paso Giving Day. Find out how you can donate and select from hundreds of non-profit organizations at www.elpasogivingday.org or directly to the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation at: https://elpasogivingday.org/organizations/rio-gran...
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