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The Gift Of Giving

As the holiday season approaches, you may already by thinking of the gifts you'll give to your family and friends.

Why does giving to others feel so good? According to research, giving to others activates the reward and pleasure area of our brains, providing that "warm glow" feeling and a boost of happiness. Studies also report that those who donate to charitable causes or volunteer their time experience countless benefits, including:

  • Lower depression rates
  • Increased self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Improved social connections
  • Lower stress levels
  • Increased overall happiness
  • Improved physical health
  • Sense of purpose

No matter how much or how little you are able to contribute to the charitable causes you care about, the positive benefits are immeasurable – for you and your community.