How Does Generosity Affect the Giver? Studies show that giving to a person in need can reduce activity in the amygdala, which is the brain structure that processes emotions. The amygdala is most active in stress, anxiety, phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder. In other words, reducing the activity in this brain structure is a good thing. When you’re less stressed, your body is more equipped to keep you healthy!
More Benefits of Generosity
- A sense of purpose and a reminder that we’re all in this together
- Less anxiety, stress and other mental or emotional troubles
- Immune system support
- Social connection
How Can I Give Back This Holiday Season?OK, so we know generosity is beneficial to the giver and receiver, so what are some ways you can start to get involved? This holiday season it may be trickier to find ways to give back amid the pandemic, but it is perhaps more important than ever to stay connected to other human beings and care for those who are less fortunate. We list some easy ways to be generous while also staying healthy below.
Safe Ways to Be Generous This Year
- Start by finding ways to be generous in your own household. You may be able to help around the house in new ways or just try to be a more attentive listener.
- Donate canned goods to a food bank.
- Write letters to elderly people. Many nursing homes would be happy to give you a list of names that you can write letters to.
- Pay for the person behind you in the drive-thru.
- Find causes that you care about through social media and make a donation.
- Find a local homeless shelter and donate blankets and coats.
- Ask for donations to a charity instead of gifts for the holidays.