TisBest Releases New Science of Giving Article

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How Giving Can Improve Your Health Focuses on the Health Benefits of Generosity

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The physical effects of generosity on the giver are striking and cannot be ignored.

TisBest Philanthropy announces the release of the fifth article in the Science of Giving Series, How Giving Can Improve Your Health. This article examines recent research on the physical and emotional health benefits of generosity.

“It seems there’s a never-ending stream of information telling us what we need to do for ourselves in order to stay healthy,” writes TisBest Director of Programs Karli Anne Christiansen. “But science is now telling us there’s another side to the story: doing things for others– giving– may provide just as much of a health boost as doing things for ourselves.”

How Giving Can Improve Your Health draws research from several sources, most notably from The Paradox of Generosity, a new book by Christian Smith and Hilary Davidson. Smith and Davidson’s research shows that generous Americans experience greater levels of well-being and satisfaction and increased reported levels of bodily health.

“As we think about the personal benefits of living generously, it’s important to understand that generous behavior affects not only our emotional well-being, but also our physical health,” says Christiansen. “For example, generous people experience fewer bodily aches and pains. People 55 and older who generously volunteer their time are less likely to die prematurely. The physical effects of generosity on the giver are striking and cannot be ignored.”

How Giving Can Improve Your Health is part of a six-month series from TisBest Philanthropy exploring the growing body of research on generosity and altruism. Previous articles in this series are The Secret to Raising a Generous Child, What We Talk About When We Talk About Altruism, How Elevation Changes Your Behavior and Transforming the Classroom Through Generosity, which can be accessed on the TisBest blog.

Click here to read How Giving Can Improve Your Health.

About TisBest Philanthropy:
TisBest Philanthropy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the growth of non-material gift-giving. TisBest created charity gift cards in 2007. Charity gift cards work like conventional gift cards, but with one important exception: the recipient of a charity gift card "spends" it by choosing a charity to receive the funds. With a TisBest Charity Gift Card, you make the donation and your recipient decides how to spend the donation, choosing from TisBest's 300+ charity partners.
TisBest cards are customizable at no additional cost, and have become increasingly popular as consumer and business gifts. Learn more at http://www.tisbest.org.

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