Resolve to Give More in 2021 – Research Proves That the Act of Giving Has Positive Effects on Physical and Mental Health

This past year has presented more challenges to so many of us, way more than any other year in most of our lives. The impact of COVID-19 has affected our lives in so many ways, from the death of loved ones, fear of becoming infected, dealing with illness once infected, and the economic fallout such as unemployment due to the crises that ensued. Some have fared better than others, but no matter our situation, there is always something to be grateful for.

As 2020 ends and we reflect on all that we have received throughout the year, rather than what we have lost, we should also ask ourselves if we have also blessed others in acts of giving as well. A new year always brings new opportunities. Why not add more acts of giving to our New Year’s resolutions for 2021?  As a nation of excess, there are a multitude of opportunities to share in the New Year. We can donate our time, resources, or finances to help others. This could be in the form of donating financially to a charity or by cleaning out our closets. It could be as minor as paying for coffee for the person behind you in line or volunteering your time or skills to a cause. Let us make 2021 a year of rebuilding and let us do so by helping each other.

Of course, the purpose of giving to others should be selfless. But you should know that there are some great benefits to the giver as well. According to the Cleveland Clinic, there are some wonderful health benefits associated with giving that should encourage you to keep on giving all year long:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Less depression
  • Lower stress levels
  • Longer life
  • Greater happiness

Medical News Today explains how a study of the brain’s amygdala revealed the “warm glow” effect that people often describe when they help others. In studying this area of the brain responsible for processing emotions and is usually activated under stress, researchers have seen reduced activity, signaling calm, which in turn supports overall health and well-being.

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