‘Tis the season… the season of gift giving, that is. These upcoming weeks are filled with friends, family and complete strangers buying, making and sharing gifts with each other. But why is our culture so obsessed with giving and receiving gifts this time of year?
Turns out, giving gifts is not only fun, but it’s good for you too! That’s right, giving benefits more than your soul; it’s good for your body. Still unsure? Check out these health benefits holiday giving can give you.
Giving makes you happier.
Recent studies have suggested that giving not only makes the receiver happy, but it makes the giver happy too. It activates the region in our brains associated with pleasure, connection and trust. When we give gifts to other people, these areas in our brains secrete hormones such as serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin, which biologically elevate our mood and turn that frown upside down.
Giving to others also stimulates the mesolimbic pathway, or the reward center in our brains. This pathway releases endorphins and creates what is known as a “helper’s high.” So this holiday season, get addicted to gifting, feel the rush and boost your mood by giving to others.
Giving reduces your stress.
Because giving releases endorphins in our brains and makes us happier, it also helps to reduce the stress hormone cortisol. This hormone often leads to stress-related disorders, such as high blood pressure and anxiety. But when you give gifts, your stress literally melts away.
This winter, try relaxing a bit by giving a worthwhile gift to those you love the most. Sounds like quite the upside to a season that can involve a lot of stressful moments!
Giving strengthens your heart.
Not only does giving make you happier and reduce stress levels, but it can also improve your heart health through decreasing the risk for heart disease and heart attacks. Studies have suggested that giving back through donations and volunteering has even been linked to lower levels of cholesterol and inflammation of the heart.
Gift-giving also helps to lower high blood pressure, which can cause heart strain. So this giving season, why not take care of yourself by giving to others?
Giving helps you live longer.
Giving helps to promote social connections between givers and receivers. It also incorporates a greater sense of trust and intimacy with those around you. These connections, coupled with the physical health benefits of your brain and heart, helps you to literally live longer than those who choose not to give back.
Some studies have even found that elderly people who give help to friends, relatives, neighbors and strangers are more likely to live past the age of 60 than their counterparts who do not. Whether you’re older in years or not, one thing is certain: if you want to live longer later, give more now.
This holiday season, give yourself a treat by giving to others. Not only will you improve your heart and brain health, but the relationships you build will truly bring you joy for a long lifetime.
The CFC or Combined Federal Cam-paign is a fundraising campaign the Federal Government offers its employ-ees to participate with each year. It begins Sept 1st and goes through Dec 15th. Federal employees are allowed to pick from over 200 registered nonpro-fits to contribute to. Many CFC fairs will be held at Federal facilities throughout the campaign. This allows employees to learn about the nonprofits and make their selections.
Please let friends and family members who are Federal employees know they can choose the Spastic Paraplegia Foun-dation to donate to. The SPF CFC num-ber is 12554. The following are exam-ples of Federal employees: law enforce-ment, mail personnel, VA or Veteran’s Administration employees, Medicare, Medicaid, military and many types of governmental jobs. If donors want to know more, please have them log on to
If you have any questions or sugges-tions, please contact Jim Sheorn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-479-7369.
Please help us generate more financial resources for research.
When Clinical Trials begin in 2017 it may require as many people as possible for the Clinical Trial to be effective. If you have HSP or PLS, please add your information to our data base so we can keep you informed. We are missing a lot people's email address, so if you just want to add your email address. just enter your name, address and email and we'll add it. That way, we will be able to reach you quickly at a lower cost. Your privacy is very important to us. We will never share any of your information with any individual or company without your permission.
93 cents of every dollar you donate goes into our mission of research and service. 4 cents goes to fundraising and 3 cents goes to data management and general expenses. Our all volunteer Scientific Advisory Board makes sure that we are supporting only the very best research projects on the planet. The Spastic Paraplegia Foundation is an all volunteer run foundation. Our highly skilled staff, Scientific Advisory Board, Medical Advisors, CPA, Attorney, President, Board Members - all of us are working hard every day probono because we strongly believe in this cause. We know a cure is right within reach and we ask you to please join us in reaching by making a tax deductible donation.