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The Health Benefits of Holiday Giving

‘Tis the season… the season of gift giving, that is. These upcoming weeks are filled with friends, family and complete strangers buying, making and sharing gifts with each other. But why is our culture so obsessed with giving and receiving gifts this time of year?

Turns out, giving gifts is not only fun, but it’s good for you too! That’s right, giving benefits more than your soul; it’s good for your body. Still unsure? Check out these health benefits holiday giving can give you.

Giving makes you happier.
Recent studies have suggested that giving not only makes the receiver happy, but it makes the giver happy too. It activates the region in our brains associated with pleasure, connection and trust. When we give gifts to other people, these areas in our brains secrete hormones such as serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin, which biologically elevate our mood and turn that frown upside down.

Giving to others also stimulates the mesolimbic pathway, or the reward center in our brains. This pathway releases endorphins and creates what is known as a “helper’s high.” So this holiday season, get addicted to gifting, feel the rush and boost your mood by giving to others.

Giving reduces your stress.
Because giving releases endorphins in our brains and makes us happier, it also helps to reduce the stress hormone cortisol. This hormone often leads to stress-related disorders, such as high blood pressure and anxiety. But when you give gifts, your stress literally melts away.

This winter, try relaxing a bit by giving a worthwhile gift to those you love the most. Sounds like quite the upside to a season that can involve a lot of stressful moments!

Giving strengthens your heart.
Not only does giving make you happier and reduce stress levels, but it can also improve your heart health through decreasing the risk for heart disease and heart attacks. Studies have suggested that giving back through donations and volunteering has even been linked to lower levels of cholesterol and inflammation of the heart.

Gift-giving also helps to lower high blood pressure, which can cause heart strain. So this giving season, why not take care of yourself by giving to others?

Giving helps you live longer.
Giving helps to promote social connections between givers and receivers. It also incorporates a greater sense of trust and intimacy with those around you. These connections, coupled with the physical health benefits of your brain and heart, helps you to literally live longer than those who choose not to give back.

Some studies have even found that elderly people who give help to friends, relatives, neighbors and strangers are more likely to live past the age of 60 than their counterparts who do not. Whether you’re older in years or not, one thing is certain: if you want to live longer later, give more now.

This holiday season, give yourself a treat by giving to others. Not only will you improve your heart and brain health, but the relationships you build will truly bring you joy for a long lifetime.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

Dear Clients & Supporters,

As you may have heard, our office in Pueblo was maliciously vandalized by an unidentified gunman, just after midnight on the evening of June 2nd.

Footage from our security cameras shows an initially calm scene, before what appears to be a man walking by nonchalantly, hands tucked in pockets, suddenly stopping and turning to withdraw a firearm. The gunman then starts dashing, firing shot after shot directly at our storefront.

This person and their weapon have caused immense harm. Financially, the estimated damage exceeds $25,000. The same bullets that shattered glass and pierced through walls have wounded our hearts. However, the cost of this emotional damage cannot be measured in dollars. If there is a silver lining, it’s that nobody was physically hurt - or worse. For that, we’re eternally grateful.

To be clear, this individual and this destructive act, are not linked to the Black Lives Matter movement or protests of any kind. Unfortunately, we believe this anger to be rooted locally in a conflict between a tenant and their disgruntled clients.

In the wake of the ongoing pandemic and riots spurred by civil unrest nationwide, we know things are uncomfortable right now. We know people are upset and hurting. We're hurting too.

As much as it pains us to board up these windows and doors and close our building, we have no other choice but to do so until we can get them fixed. Despite our office being closed, rest assured, we are still working.

While the need for our services grows, so does our need for your support. In fact, we need you now more than ever. Whether it's time or a monetary donation, anything you can do to help us continue promoting healthy, vibrant neighborhoods across Southern Colorado is not only sincerely appreciated; it's vital to actualizing our mutual goals as a community. You can make your contribution, securely and conveniently online at https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/donate.html or to submit interest in volunteering please visit https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/volunteer.html.

We want you to know, we will be back, and we will continue to fight for a better Southern Colorado. To get there, more of us need to change. Amidst these changes, one thing will remain certain: our commitment to serving you and the entire Southern Colorado community.

The pain we feel now will pass, just like the time we have with those we love. Remember to take care of each other. If this unprecedented time has taught us anything, it’s that we need each other more than we could have ever known.


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

A Message about Our Services in Light of Coronavirus (COVID-19) – UPDATED 06/09/2020

NeighborWorks Southern Colorado cares about the health and safety of our customers, staff, and community partners. Out of an abundance of caution, we are suspending in-person workshops and counseling appointments temporarily. We will continue to provide homebuyer education and counseling services virtually, and you can reach our employees by phone or email. We will not be receiving visitors to our office until further notice.

We are in the process of contacting customers registered for our Homebuyer Education Workshops or scheduled for an in-person counseling appointment to make other arrangements. If you need to reach us, please call (719) 544-8078.

We are monitoring the news closely and taking advantage of this time to do updates and upgrades to our building to better serve you when we re-open; we will post updates about our services to this website. Thank you for choosing NeighborWorks Southern Colorado as your trusted partner and first choice for homebuyer resources in Southern Colorado.

06/09/2020

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