Help Others (and Yourself!) by Giving Back on Giving Tuesday
Mark your calendars for Giving Tuesday, November 27th
It is scientifically proven that giving back to others improves both your mental and physical health. According to the Community Health Network, giving back activates reward systems in your brain, so you are helping yourself as well as others.
Giving Tuesday started as a movement in 2012 by the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact. Not only is the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas when people are most likely to buy gifts for one another, it is also when many give back to their communities. Giving Tuesday has become a special day each year when nonprofit organizations across the country come together to promote giving back to others during the holiday season. What a great way to get into the spirit of giving!
You can make a difference through donating, volunteering, or attending fundraising events for local nonprofit organizations. And with a large number of nonprofits in SLO County, there is sure to be one that serves a need or cause that is important to you.
With the advancement of technology, it’s easier than ever to contribute to a cause. By using social media, emails, and text donations, raising awareness for philanthropic issues you care about can be done in seconds.
So don’t forget to give back this holiday season, no matter how big or small. You’ll feel the endorphins rushing in, lowering your stress and increasing your self esteem. And best of all, you can make a lasting impact on someone else’s life!