Want to lower your blood pressure, feel happier and live longer? Do just one simple thing: give. Scientific studies, medical research and anecdotal evidence all point to the conclusion that giving—your time, your talents, your resources—produces meaningful health benefits.
We know you’re already committed givers—your membership in the Yerdle community is certainly proof of that. And the holidays bring even more opportunities for acts of kindness and generosity. Here is some of the healthy payback you’ll enjoy as you give to others this season:
A Longer Life
Study after study, many of which are discussed in "The Effects of Giving on Givers," has found that giving decreases blood pressure and reduces stress—two factors that can greatly affect health. Generosity has also been tied to lower cholesterol levels, less inflammation and a lower body-mass index. One University of Buffalo study found that helping others served as a kind of “buffer” between stress and mortality. In short, givers live longer.
A Greater Sense of Well-Being
Giving not only does good—it feels good. In one research experiment conducted by a Harvard professor and University of British Columbia colleagues, students who were given money and instructed to spend it on others reported feeling an enhanced mood, a greater sense of meaning and more overall feelings of well-being than those who were told to spend the money on themselves. Making charitable contributions has been shown to cause a rush of dopamine and endorphins in the brain, which creates feelings of pleasure for the giver, what some call a "helper's high."
A More Positive Outlook
The way we treat others impacts the way we view the world. Those who give—especially volunteers—have repeatedly shown themselves to be less likely to be depressed. A survey by United Healthcare/Volunteer Match showed the seniors who volunteer reap a multitude of physical and psychological benefits including a decrease in feelings of anxiety, helplessness and hopelessness and had a more optimistic outlook on life than those who didn't volunteer. And generosity kicks off a cycle of positivity. People who give feel better about themselves anticipate that their recipient will view them positively as well. Generosity is tied to experiencing a greater sense of confidence and a greater sense of purpose, and who couldn't use some of that.
An Inspiring Awesomeness
In a completely non-scientific study conducted by Yerdle, those who give away items they no longer need become increasingly inspiring to others who want to recycle, reuse and live with less. "While the evidence has not been authenticated by an outside authority, we know in our hearts that our Yerdle community members grow increasingly more awesome with each give," says Head of Community Shira Levine. "They become role models for family and friends and actually develop an *golden aura that makes them stand out among their peers."
(*Golden aura claims have yet to be authenticated, but Yerdle stands by this finding).
Experience the golden aura for yourself. Give today!