“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Those are words that I truly do live by on a day to day basis. Did you know that it is scientifically proven that giving to others makes us healthier and happier? There are numerous studies that demonstrate that when we give to others, our brain acts similarly to the feeling we have when we eat chocolate and other foods. Wouldn’t you like to Make Impact on others while also receiving the joyous feeling of indulging in chocolate?
See what researchers and scientists are saying about the power of giving and the influence that it has on our bodies and our minds when we Make Impact to others.
- Giving Makes Us Healthier
- I know it seems like it couldn’t be possible, but it’s true! Scientists have studied the impacts of giving and found that when we give to others, it increases our health benefits, especially in people with chronic illnesses such as HIV and multiple sclerosis. Researchers suggest that giving improves physical health because it reduces stress, which is known to cause health issues. In a study from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Tennessee, people who provided social support to others had lower blood pressure than those who didn’t. So, not only does Making Impact help you to appreciate those around you more, it will also help you live longer!
- Giving Makes Us Happier
- Giving to others actually makes us happier than giving to ourselves. Many studies have proven that spending money and time on others is actually more rewarding than spending that money on ourselves. This is because there are two areas of the brain that become more active when we give to others. The first area is called the mesolimbic pathway, which becomes active and gives us a natural high when we give to others, similar to the result of eating food or receiving gifts. The second area that is active when we give is the subgenual area of the brain, which is more important for social attachment. The subgenual area allows us to recall that we’re all interconnected and that we are all a part of a larger community working cohesively.
- Giving Gives Us Purpose
- Giving to others also gives us purpose in life. Having meaning and purpose in life has so many health benefits that will help you live a more peaceful, happy life. A study found that those with meaning in their lives slept a lot better at night than those without. The study discovered that respondents that had meaning in life were 63% less likely to report sleep apnea. Isn’t it amazing that something like being a Changer could actually make you sleep better and give you purpose in life? A different study also found that those who said that they had true meaning in their lives actually scored better on memory and other cognitive tests than those who said that they live life one day at a time, not worrying about purpose.
Choosing to be a Changer gives you purpose in life, which helps you sleep and decreases stress levels. And Making Impact not only helps others, but ultimately helps you.
Join me in the movement to spread joy and kindness around the world through everyday philanthropy by Making Impact. Become a Changer with me and join a growing community of doers who Make Impact in their community through small, everyday acts of kindness.