No matter what holidays you celebrate, we can all agree that this is the season of giving. But did you know that all the gifting, volunteering, and donating you do throughout the next few months could also strengthen your health and wellness? According to our team at Manakai O Malama, Honolulu’s leading wellness center, it can!
3 Ways Giving Promotes Health & Wellness
1. It Boosts Your Mood
Giving – whether it’s volunteering at your local shelter or donating to your favorite charity – doesn’t just help others. It also makes us feel happy. In fact, a 2008 study by Harvard Business School professor Michael Norton found that giving money to someone else boosted participants’ moods more than when spending money on themselves. These good feelings are then reflected in our biology by reducing stress, minimizing depression, and producing a “helper’s high.”
2. It Benefits Your Body
Altruism benefits both the mind and body. As mentioned above, giving reduces stress which in turn promotes healthy digestion, immune system function, and sleep. According to our wellness center, giving can also lower blood pressure, thus decreasing one’s risk of heart attack or stroke.
3. It Fosters Social Connections
Relationships also play a role in one’s overall health and wellness. Fortunately, charitable activities like volunteering and donating encourage social connections. When you give to others, your generosity will likely be rewarded by others in the future – either by the person you originally gave to or by someone else. As a result, one gains a sense of interconnectedness as well as improved physical and mental health.
Happy holidays from Manakai O Malama Wellness Center! For more on how giving can benefit your health and wellness this holiday season, visit us online. To schedule an appointment with our primary care team, call (808) 535-5555 today.