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The Pamela Positive: Giving Increases Your Health

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According to UC Berkeley\’s publication, Greater Good,  giving has a positive impact on your health and contributes to the quality of your life.  I think we inherently know, and feel this…but what a joy to hear it substantiated. 

The authors have cited research from many leading authors and experts to demonstrate how giving is good for the giver\’s health and wellbeing.  My favorite excerpt is point #4: Giving Evokes Gratitude!

And from their report, gratitude helps us be more altruistic, more caring, healthier, more connected, more optimistic.   If this is the case, then let\’s make it a meaningful gift. That meaningful gift can uplift our hearts, attitudes and bodies to even higher levels… we can say that not only giving, but what you give can have an even more profound impact on your life.  So here are some meaningful gifts:

And if you are in a BIG rush — then our Quick Gifts allow you to give multiple gifts at one time!

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Pamela\’s Favorite Excerpt from 5 Ways Giving Is Good For You

4. Giving evokes gratitude. Whether you’re on the giving or receiving end of a gift, that gift can elicit feelings of gratitude—it can be a way of expressing gratitude or instilling gratitude in the recipient. And research has found that gratitude is integral to happiness, health, and social bonds.

Robert Emmons and Michael McCullough, co-directors of the Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness, found that teaching college students to “count their blessings” and cultivate gratitude caused them to exercise more, be more optimistic, and feel better about their lives overall. A recent study led by Nathaniel Lambert at Florida State University found that expressing gratitude to a close friend or romantic partner strengthens our sense of connection to that person.

Barbara Fredrickson, a pioneering happiness researcher, suggests that cultivating gratitude in everyday life is one of the keys to increasing personal happiness. “When you express your gratitude in words or actions, you not only boost your own positivity but [other people’s] as well,” she writes in her book Positivity. “And in the process you reinforce their kindness and strengthen your bond to one another.