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Giving and Gratitude

#GivingTuesday continues on Facebook. NFIS is so grateful for the generous support and donations from our community members and friends. Research repeatedly highlights the benefits of giving—not just for the receiver but for the givers’ health and happiness, and for the strength of entire communities. The same benefits that come from donating money to charities are also gained when you volunteer your time, like at a soup kitchen or a homeless shelter. Both giving and gratitude have a great influence on our emotional and physical health. The National Institutes of Health found that when people give to charities, it activates regions of the brain associated with pleasure, social connection, and trust, creating a “warm glow” effect. Scientists also believe that altruistic behavior releases endorphins in the brain, producing the positive feeling known as the “helper’s high.” Because expressing gratitude and giving are natural stress reducers, It may lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, sleep better, and live longer. We encourage you and your family to give and volunteer this season and all year long, it's good for you!

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