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On the 8th Day of Christmas, Learn the Health Benefits of Altruism & Ways to Give Back

on December 20, 2012

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Yesterday, we shared some practical tips on how to teach altruism to our children. Today, we wanted to share the many health benefits of giving back along with some wonderful ways your family can give back this year.

Health Benefits of Altruism:

  • Possibly strengthening the immune-system.
  • A decrease in both the intensity and the awareness of physical pain.
  • Activation of the emotions that are vital to the maintaining good health.
  • Reduction of the incidence of attitudes, such as chronic hostility, that negatively arouse and damage the body.
  • The multiple benefits to the body’s systems provided by stress relief.
  • Experiencing a “helper’s high,” a rush of euphoria, followed by a longer period of calm, after performing a kind act.
  • This initial rush from the “Helper’s High” is followed by a longer-lasting period of improved emotional well-being.
  • Release of the body’s natural painkillers, the endorphins as part of the “Helper’s High.

Ways Your Family Can Give Back: 

Donate Coats: 

  • Click here to donate your gently used, freshly laundered coats today, create your own collection site, or volunteer to sort the coats to get them to people in need with New York Cares. The coat drive aims to collect 200,000 coats to distribute to New Yorkers and all Sandy- ravaged areas.

Donate Gifts/Money:

Donate Time: 

  • During the holiday season, hundreds of volunteer “elves” brighten the lives of seniors by delivering donated gifts and spending time with an isolated senior. A visit from a volunteer, who brings holiday cheer, can boost the spirits of a lonely senior when they are without family or other friends. Learn more here: http://www.visitingneighbors.org
  • Volunteer at your local soup kitchen.

Sandy Hook Victims:

  • The Sandy Hook School Support Fund, set up by the United Way of Western Connecticut will provide support services to families and the community. All donations to this fund will go directly to those affected.
  • Valley resident Joy Holsinger is holding a “Snowflake” drive. She’s inviting the public to send school supplies and create snowflakes to decorate Sandy Hook Elementary School’s new home.

Snowflakes can be mailed to:

Connecticut PTSA
60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 103
Hamden, CT 06514

Snowflakes must be mailed by January 12, 2013.

Source: squidoo.com, brokelyn.com, abc.com

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