Did you know that giving back to others is good for your health?
While sharing your money with others should ultimately be about your desire to help and love others, there are many ways altruism can actually be good for your mental and physical health in the long run.
Here are a few ways sharing your resources and time with those in need can benefit your health!
Giving back can increase your lifespan.
According to a study done by the University of California, Berkeley, individuals 55 and older who volunteered for more than one organization were 44% less likely to pass away in a five-year span than those who didn’t. When you give back, not only do you receive positive neurons to your brain, called a “Helper’s High,” but you’re also more likely to then be surrounded by supportive individuals, and have a more positive outlook on life in general.
Sharing resources can even be linked to a decrease in depression.
Researchers from the National Institutes of Health examined MRIs of subjects who frequently give to charities, “they found that giving stimulates the mesolimbic pathway, which is the reward center in the brain.” This endorphin release activates regions in our brain that are associated with feelings of happiness, connectedness, and trust.
Altruism is linked to lower blood pressure and faster recovery from coronary-related events.
The International Journal of Psychophysiology found evidence that those who chose to be generous with their money and provide social support to those in need had lower blood pressure than people who didn’t. Additionally, providing past supportive interaction to other people helped individuals recover from coronary-related events faster.
While your goal in giving back shouldn’t primarily be for your own health, this research only further proves that generosity is a core part of who we are meant to be, even down to our basic biology.
Are you looking for a way to give back during this time? Consider sharing your stimulus check! Pledge today!