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Giving is Good for Your Health

Giving is Good for Your Health

(ARA): The holidays are the season for giving and during times of economic downturn, you may have to dig a bit deeper into your pockets. However, you can still end up better off. In addition to the tax breaks year-end giving can bring, as it turns out, giving is also good for your health.
"Several studies over the years have found links between altruistic behavior and improved physical and psychological health," says Dr. Ann Vincent, who practices internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic.
But the benefits of giving aren't just a one time deal. The more you give, the better you feel and that means finding ways to give back throughout the year. Generosity is also a wonderful survival skill to help you get through difficult times in your life.
According to Dr. Edward T. Creagan, oncologist at the Mayo Clinic, individuals who seem to thrive in adversity have many characteristics, but especially a few:
* A sense of connectedness. The recognition that family and community are crucial to survival.
* A sense of altruism, somehow sharing of themselves to make the lives of others a little bit better.
* An optimistic attitude and sense of humor.
For more information on how giving can make a life-changing impact, visit www.mayoclinic.org/campaign.

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