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The Health Benefits of Giving


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When you make a donation of time or money to your favorite charity or put a smile on the face of someone you love, or a total stranger, the act of giving can also have big benefits for your health.

 

Studies have shown that when you help someone or give a gift, your brain releases the "feel good" chemicals like serotonin and dopamine which can give you a sense of well-being, a closer connection to the gift recipient, and can also lower your blood pressure. “Helping other people is an example of a win/win situation,” said Susan Albers, PsyD, psychologist for Cleveland Clinic. “Not only does it benefit the receiver, but it also creates a boomerang effect where the positive impact comes back to you, boosting your physical and mental health.”

 

The secret to getting the biggest health and wellness gain from your act of giving, is to be intentional. Think about the charities and people that mean the most to you and focus on giving there. For example, we are sometimes confronted with an ask to make a donation to a charity when checking out a retail store. If it’s a charity you support and want to contribute, great. Otherwise, don't feel pressured.

 

From all of us at IEP Urgent Care, we wish you a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season. We'll be open late and on weekends for your family and visiting out of town guests. Learn more at iepurgentcare.com

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