AKA, Giving is Good for You
Yes, we’re saying that Givers Win. It’s a counter-intuitive idea, since logic intimates that winning is in the “getting”. Backing our assertion, the world renowned non-profit academic medical center Cleveland Clinic supports the notion that givers win. The Cleveland Clinic research study on gifting shows that “giving is also good for the giver — boosting physical and mental health.”
Goodness knows we can all use a healthy boost, especially when it can be available so easily and without a bitter pill to swallow. While perhaps only a loose parallel can be drawn between corporate gifting and the kind of philanthropic, charitable giving or volunteerism likely referenced in the Cleveland Clinic study, the fact remains. It’s better to give than to receive.
Here are the physical and existential rewards of giving as identified in the Cleveland Clinic health and wellness gifting study:
- Lower blood pressure
- Increased self-esteem
- Less depression
- Lower stress levels
- Longer life
- Greater happiness
So, give. You just may be surprised at how much you’ll get.