The Joy of Giving

Monday, March 19th, 2012 by American Senior Fitness Association   View This Issue of Experience!

It is more blessed — and may also be healthier — to give than to receive, according to research described by Science News (February 25, 2012):

By surveying more than 200,000 volunteers in 136 countries, researchers learned that spending money on others brings more happiness than spending it on oneself. Subsequent testing of over 900 subjects in Canada, India and Uganda produced similar findings. Along the same lines, stress hormone levels remained stable in college students who shared a monetary windfall with others, whereas stress hormone levels rose in those who kept all of the financial gain for themselves — as did feelings of shame.

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