Every year we find ourselves thinking about giving back but only a small portion of us do. While the holidays can be a busy time, it is important to remember those less fortunate as we get closer to Thanksgiving. There are of course multiple reasons to give back, but science can show that altruism can have positive, longitudinal effects on your life. But don’t do it for those reasons, in this article we’ll look at how giving back can have positive effects (but only if done correctly).
According to an article published on Rewireme.com, being altruistic has multiple health effects on your mind and body. Since the holidays are a hectic time, I’ll identify some key takeaways for you:
- Doing good for others helps reduce stress and depression symptoms.
- Helping others releases “feel good” chemicals in the brain like dopamine and oxytocin.
- Gaining an inner sense of fulfillment and peace through helping others will help the holidays seem even more magical.
- There are multiple ways to give; donating money, time, or just a small act of kindness.
- Possibly the biggest bit of information is this: when you give just for the sake of giving, it tends to have the strongest effect. Giving in order to feel better does not seem to have as significant of an impact.
However you decide to give back this holiday season remember this, there are lots of ways to do so. As we get closer to Thanksgiving, there are more and more food banks accepting donations and there are always needy families who would be most appreciative of your time. Ultimately, the holidays can be even better when we as a people work together for the better good.