In my and Phil Bishop’s book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You, we write:
Steve Wilson, a psychologist and self-proclaimed “joyologist,” says, “There is a kind of unhappiness that cannot be repaired by getting, because it requires giving. There is a kind of dissatisfaction, disappointment, and absence of joy that is remedied by giving something out, doing something for others… Happiness is an inside job that consists of… remembering who you are (precious), finding your source, laughing often, serving with love.”Fit over 50, XOXO, Essential #7 — Positive Self Image, page 68
We all know giving helps and pleases others, whether it’s giving gifts at Christmas, volunteering during the holidays, offering emotional support to those around us, or donating to worthy charities. But did you know that scores of studies show that giving is also good for the giver — it literally boosts your physical and mental health.
Studies find these health benefits associated with giving:
- Lower blood pressure
- Increased self-esteem
- Less depression
- Lower stress levels
- Longer life
- Greater happiness
St. Paul and his Lord both recognized this. Paul wrote:
In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”Acts 20:35
I hope you and yours have a Christ-centered, warm-memory-creating, family-filled Christmas and a Blessed New Year.
We’ ve got tons of simple tips on becoming more highly healthy in our book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You. Order Fit over 50 here.
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