Could the secret to a longer life be found by serving meals to the homeless, mowing your neighbor’s lawn, or giving money to a friend? You may be surprised about the gains of giving.

We’ve all felt an emotional lift when we’ve witnessed an act of kindness—even if it’s a video online.  And you’ve probably felt a rush after doing something nice for someone else.

For years, researchers have known social contact promotes a longer life. Well, studies continue to show that acts of kindness provide emotional, relational, spiritual, and even physical health benefits.

Consider reaching out to others on a regular basis—or do it as a family. Look around for neighbors, friends, or colleagues in need. Decide to show love in action as an act of kindness. Your body, mind and spirit may see gains as you give.


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