“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home — so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world."
– Eleanor Roosevelt
Human Rights Day was Dec. 10. Check out the United Nations theme for 2021!
Topic of the week: Generosity
“On the first day of Christmas/ My true love gave to me…” We all know the tune. Needless to say, whoever wrote this song had a particularly generous lover. As it turns out, their true love's blood pressure and mental health were in great shape, too — at least, according to the research.
Did you know that generosity can improve your health? Generosity is defined as "giving good things freely and abundantly." Generosity may include giving time, money or attention, and the health benefits of generosity make it doubly worthwhile.
💡 Older adults who spend money on others have lower blood pressure than those who spend money on themselves, and those who volunteer regularly tend to engage in more preventive health behaviors.
When it comes to mental health, not all generosity is created equal. Simply spending money on others leads to greater happiness than spending on oneself. But for an even greater health benefit, you'll want to give directly (face to face). Giving directly provides a sense of social connectedness that boosts happiness even further.
💡 How else can generosity benefit your health? People tend to experience a stronger health benefit when they choose to perform a generous act, rather than being asked to do it. And when givers are aware of the positive impact of their actions, an even bigger happiness boost occurs.
So, what can you do to make an impact this holiday season? Take a look at the work of anthropologists and psychologists at the Human Generosity Project for some ideas. And hey, the according to the research, you'll reduce your blood pressure and boost your happiness while you're at it!
To your health,
Christen Mullane, Ph.D.
Scarcity mindset occurs when we are not confident in our resources. It activates our fight-or-flight response. If you encounter feelings of scarcity that interfere with your desire to give, try this:
Remember, there are a number of ways to be generous: you can give your time, attention or finances. Even small acts of kindness can have a huge and healthy impact on both the giver and receiver.Share on facebook Share Share on twitter Tweet Share on reddit Reddit Share on email Forward
What are we reading? Glad you asked! This week’s MO recommendation is:
Me Love to Share with Cookie Monster: A Book About Generosity
By Marie Therese-Miller
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