The act of giving is of obvious service to the receiver, but did you know there are proven benefits for the giver as well?
While donating is largely considered a selfless act, research has shown that altruistic offerings activate the areas of the brain associated with pleasure, social connection, and trust, which means we experience higher levels of joy, stronger self-esteem, and personal satisfaction when we help other people.
It's not just about feeling good, though. Studies have also shown that giving to others has health benefits like lower blood pressure, less depression, lower stress levels and can even promote a longer life.
That's right - taking care of others can totally count as an act of self-care!
There are lots of helpful ways to give:
*Donating blood comes with its own set of additional perks, like literally saving lives. Additionally, giving blood can reveal potential health concerns, reduce harmful iron stores, may lower your risk of having a heart attack or developing cancer, and can help your liver stay healthy.
Learn more about becoming an organ donor HERE.
Self-Care September Day 25: Donate Time, Money, Food, Clothes, Stuff or Blood
You should choose causes that are near and dear to your heart, for sure. If, however, you are open to ideas, here are some of my favorite places to give my money and time:
And here's where I donate my gently-used clothes and household items so they can get a well-deserved second lease on life:
I love you and will see you soon!