Who Knew? There are Health Benefits to Being Generous!

Greetings from Dr. Thorburn:

Forget about Black Friday and Cyber Monday…I choose to celebrate Giving Tuesday! Studies have shown that being a generous person can lead to better health.

It may lower blood pressure. Helping out friends and family could be one way to boost your cardiovascular health this holiday season. One study found that people who supported others had lower blood pressure. Why not bring a homemade meal to a friend who’s caring for someone else this holiday season? Help a charity or someone you know.

It can help reduce stress. A recent study found that stingy behavior increases stress. Researchers asked 156 volunteers to play a bargaining game and decide how to divide a sum of money. Using heart rate monitors, they found players who made low offers (below 40% of the total) experienced increased heart rate and stress levels compared to those who made high offers. The moral? Give some away.

It could help you live longer. Lending a hand for small tasks may end up boosting your longevity. In a 2013 study of 846 people who helped others by running errands or doing chores seemed to be protected from the negative impact of stress. People who didn’t help others had a 30% higher risk of dying during the study if they reported having a stressful life event. If a member of your family always cooks the holiday dinner, it might not be a bad idea to pitch in this year with the meal.

It can boost your mood. Research shows that giving money away can feel just as good as receiving it. For a 2007 study in Science, researchers used brain imaging technology on 19 women to see how certain regions were activated when they either kept $100 or gave it to a local food bank. Turns out the same pleasure-related centers in the brain that lit up in those who took the money also went off in those who donated the money—even more so when the decision was voluntary and not required by researchers. Whether you drop some change into a charity bucket or send a larger sum to your favorite nonprofit, you can’t go wrong this holiday season with a little giving.

And here’s some more news you can use…

Our monthly special for December is $10 off a half hour massage for a gift…or for you! The regular price for a half hour massage is $45, but for the month of December, mention the secret password “heavenly” and pay only $35 for a massage for you or a holiday gift certificate. Call the office at 818-841-1313 to redeem this special offer!
On Saturday, December 12, from 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon, it’s Kid’s Day at Thorburn Chiropractic & Wellness Center featuring free Chiropractic exams for children from infant up to the age of 12! Parents accompanying their children to Kid’s Day are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the Marine’s annual Toys for Tots campaign. Please call the office at 818-841-1313 to make your free appointment and tell your friends!
Come visit our new acupuncturist Daphne Lim L.Ac and receive a special discount now through December 12! We’re very excited about adding quality wellness services to our office, and to celebrate we’re offering a special introductory discount for your first acupuncture treatment. The first visit is regularly $120, but through December 12, your first visit is only $79! Call today to book your appointment, 818-841-1313.  Below are a few images of our beautiful new Acupuncture Treatment Center!

#1 acupuncture #2 acupuncture #3 acupunctureDaphne Lim L.Ac. is a board certified Acupuncturist and Herbalist who has been practicing in the Los Angeles area for several years. She uses acupuncture as a tool and guide to bring ease and attention to the places that need healing. She utilizes traditional forms of acupuncture, trigger point therapy, individualized herbal formulas, and more to support your health goals. Her expertise includes acupuncture to increase fertility and for facial rejuvenation.

Cosmetic acupuncture is an ancient beauty secret used to minimize fine lines and wrinkles. Treatment results in healthy, glowing skin. Increased collagen production nourishes, oxygenates, and moisturizes from the inside out.

Until next time…

Yours in health,

Dr. T

Thorburn Chiropractic and Wellness Center
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