The benefits of giving are not just for those who receive, but those who give have better health, are happier and extend this feeling to their community surrounding them. Giving can be in the form of gifts, but also includes donating to charities or volunteering your time because it makes you feel happy. Scientists believe endorphins are released in the brain resulting in feelings of happiness.

Giving can also improve your physical health and extend your longevity because it relieves stress and lowers blood pressure, suggesting a direct physiological benefit to the giver. Giving elicits feelings of gratitude whether your are the giver or the receiver. You will exercise more, be more optimistic and generally feel better about yourself.

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