Today is National Give Something Away Day Research Proves That the Act of Giving Has Positive Effects on Physical and Mental Health

Yes, it is a registered observance in the United States. National Give Something Away Day has been observed every July 15 since 2016 as “an opportunity to share some of our bounties.” As a nation of excess, there are a multitude of opportunities to share and on National Give Something Away Day, we are encouraged to do whatever we can in our own way to donate our time, resources, or finances to help others. This could be in the form of donating to a charity financially or by cleaning out your closet. It could be as minor as paying for the coffee for the person behind you in line or volunteering your time or skills to a cause.

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.