Help Others. Help Yourself: The Benefits of Being Charitable.

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Did you know that charitable giving is good for you? Yes. It’s true! And it’s far more than just the total sense of satisfaction that helping others leaves you with. As it happens, there are plenty of health benefits involved with philanthropic efforts. Trust us. We know a thing or two about helping. For over 121 years, Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio has been helping people in Ohio. Here are just a few ways that helping others helps you in return.

Goodbye Stress

Stress is bad. Everybody knows that. But beyond the fact that it’s simply no fun, it’s also wildly unhealthy. It can raise blood pressure and lead to cardiovascular issues. Stress can also cause physical discomfort such as neck and back pain, and furthermore can lead to sleepless nights and lots of mental stirring. Astudy at the University of California at Berkley found that people who participated in charitable giving had less stress, and by extension, lower blood pressure.

Hello Mental Health

Giving makes you happy. Knowing that you’ve made an effort in improving someone’s life gives one a sense of purpose and satisfaction. That acknowledgment of contribution lends itself to a feeling of self-worth, which goes a long way in easing depression and improving your own quality of life.

Live Better. Live Longer.

Some studies have found links between charitable giving and a longer life span. Giving represents a certain amount of selflessness that diminishes stress (which, as we’ve established, has many adverse health effects). Plus, philanthropy tends to increase one’s social interactions. Both of these factors are linked with contentment and longevity.

How Can You Help?

One easy way to get started is by way of your Cleveland car donation. If you’ve got a retired automobile taking up space in your driveway or garage, you can donate it to Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio with a free and easy pick up and a worthwhile tax write off. All you have to do is call (800) 862-6030 or fill out our online form and we’ll come tow it away for free. It’s that easy and it’s that beneficial to your own wellbeing; not to mention the veterans and families your contribution will serve. Because every donation we receive goes directly to supporting our programs dedicated to the housing, treatment, and rehabilitation of those who have sacrificed their lives to defend ours.