Studies suggest that when you give to others, you not only improve their health and happiness, but your own health and happiness get a boost too. The act of giving releases the euphoric hormone known as oxytocin. In a 1999 University of California, Berkeley study, elderly people who donated their time through volunteering were 44% less likely to die over a 5 year period than non-volunteers, despite health, age and exercise habits.*
When one person behaves generously, it inspires others to be generous too. There are plenty of ways you can give back. You can donate your time to a nonprofit organization, donate blood, or even sign up to be an organ donor.
Express your love today!
Photo | Celeste Lindell | Donating blood | Used under a Creative Commons Attribution License