Zentraveler on the health benefits of giving.

Give for Longevity

Give for Longevity

We have all heard its better to give than receive and now scientists have positive evidence that this is not only true but adds years to your lifespan. Bottom line, If you want good health and longevity, then make a habit of giving.

Comprehensive medical research has linked the physical and emotional side-effects of giving as a combative instrument against premature death. How? The emotional effects of gift giving promote physiological changes in the body that significantly reduce stress and promote health.

The emotional side effects of charitable giving decrease the production of cortisol (a hormone linked to stress which reduces the body’s immune system). Lower levels of cortisol allow the body’s protective antibodies to combat antigens linked to many terminal illnesses – including cancer, heart disease, and aging.

By giving to charity you preserve genetic sustainability. Stress cuts down the body’s telomeres, which are your genetic end-caps. These end-caps, when cut down are linked to premature death. Research shows that the positive emotional effects of pro-social engagement combats the destruction of these end-caps and promotes longer life.

Research shows gift giving produces high levels of the hormone oxytocin. When an individual volunteers his services, gives, or pledges his charity this hormone is produced and is linked to your emphatic emotions that reduces your body’s response to stress, improving your immune system.

Charitable giving produces brain chemical changes. Researchers have identified a region in the brain that they call the “compassion-altruism axis”. Using MRI scans, scientists have found that your brain is very active in this region of the brain when your emphatic emotions are high. This activity stimulates stress-relieving agents that in turn improve your body’s immunity.

A healthy immune system as a result of altruism and gift giving means:Longer life expectancy, Prevention of pre-mature aging, Healthier physical and emotional wellbeing. We may never find the fountain of youth, but we can certainly improve our chances of living a longer, healthier life by incorporating charitable giving into our daily lives. Research credits: Microgiving.com

So there you have it! If you want to live as long as Moses 200 years or so, you need to give all of your money away, get a dog for a pet, get some friends and drink a glass of red wine everyday. Wait a minute, if I give all of my money away I won’t have any friends, can’t afford to feed the dog, can’t even buy a nice bottle of red wine and might starve to death. OK then– at least give some money away, volunteer to tag rhinos, work in a soup kitchen, and how about surprise someone who is down on their luck and become a mentor or donor.

QUOTE: “It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” ― Mother Teresa

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Fundraising growth in the arts subsector was helped by an $800 million cash gift to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas from the Walton Family Foundation. This was the largest cash donation ever recorded to an art museum in the United States.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Your donation receipts…they come in handy during tax time.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Give blood to the Red Cross… you are not only helping people in need you are also reducing your risk of heart attack by fifty percent.

From here to Infinity is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on.

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