The health benefits of giving

December 17, 2014 10:00 AM

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The health benefits of giving

It’s good to be good. When we do for others, we’re often rewarded by a warm feeling and a sense of well-being. Those aren’t just passing thoughts, either. Doing good has lasting health benefits, especially when good deeds are repeated. In a season of drinks, sweets and treats, here’s one way the holidays may make you a little bit healthier.

Most people feel good when they give to others, whether it’s a family gift exchange or a donation to charity. You’re probably familiar with the feeling, but only in recent years was the relationship between giving and happiness confirmed by research.

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