Friday, December 21, 2018 5:32 PM

How Giving Back Can Lead to Better Health


The emotion you experience when you give a gift – seeing the smile and happiness come over the other person – is more than just a warm and fuzzy feeling.
 
It actually helps your mental and physical health.
 
Research shows that giving back to others, your community or nonprofit organizations has real health benefits, like:
 
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Less depression
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Lower stress
  • Longer life
  • Greater happiness

“We know people that give more tend to be healthier, spend less days sick,” said Dr. Betty Liao, Ph.D., a psychologist for UCSF Fresno. “There’s just a myriad of benefits to giving.”
 
This is true for giving money, gifts or volunteering time.
 
“If we simply reflect back on what’s impacted us and what’s meaningful to us, we will find opportunities everywhere,” Dr. Liao said.
 
If you’d like to give back to Community Medical Centers, visit our donation website and be on your way to feeling better and being healthier!