Who Knew?  There are Health Benefits to Being Generous!

Who Knew? There are Health Benefits to Being Generous!

At Thorburn Chiropractic & Wellness Center, we’re celebrating Christmas by supporting the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program and the Farm Worker’s Education Christmas program. You can feel great and even reap health benefits by helping others this holiday season!

The spirit of giving is the very essence of the season and there are always people in need who will appreciate the kindness of receiving. This is the eighteenth year that Thorburn Chiropractic & Wellness Center has supported charitable holiday giving. We encourage everyone to think of others during this special time.

The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program provides new clothing or toys for children of families in need through the support of donors. We will soon have angel tags available at our office with the first name, age, and gender of a child in need of presents. Contributors may take one or more tags and purchase appropriate gifts for the child or children described on the tags.
Unwrapped toys for children of all ages are also being collected by Thorburn Chiropractic for a Christmas party for over 200 children of farm workers through the Farm Worker’s Education Christmas Program.

Please decide which program you will be supporting soon as the deadline for dropping off gifts to our office is Monday, December 11.

Here are some simple ways you can benefit from being generous!

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.

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