by Don Laird, MS, NCC, LPC
New research has shown that the old saying, “it is better to give than to receive” may be true after all. Whether you are donating money or time, giving back proves beneficial for both the giver and the receiver.
Surveys on volunteering in the United States have found that 82% of volunteers donate their time because they enjoy doing something meaningful and helping others. Besides creating a hopeful feeling and fostering meaning, giving back may also be good for your physical health. In a Canadian study, 85% of volunteers rated their health as “good,” compared with 79% of non-volunteers.
Additionally, giving back may stimulate the release of endorphins in the body, which has been linked to improved nervous and immune system functions.
In the spirit of giving back and instilling hope this December, PghPsych invites you to join its #31DaysOfHope by sharing one of our special badges with your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers (just a little way of saying: “You’re important and I just wanted you know it”). We know the holiday season can be a busy and stressful time, however, letting others know you care with a small gesture or reminder may just brighten their day!
Whether you see them every day or perhaps not as often as you’d like, it’s easy to let your friends and loved ones know you’re thinking about them. All you have to do to get into the spirit of hope this holiday season is go to the PghPsych Facebook page and then share a badge on the timelines of your friends and family ~ bringing good cheer to all!