Happy February! Groundhogs, Valentines, Presidents, and Black History Month all rolled into one.  And in our area we have another thing to celebrate: Giving Hearts Day 2018! This year, Giving Hearts Day will be on February 8thClick here to make donation!

Why does a Giving Heart matter? Giving improves your mental and physical health.

Studies show that those that give, whether through time, talent or treasure, receive a boost. Those boosts lead to lower blood pressure, increased self-esteem, less depression, lower stress levels, longer life, and greater happiness. Those are things that I can live for!

I think about my own giving and the difference that it makes in other’s lives. I have experienced most of the items above (I’m working on the longer life one all the time) and the peace that giving makes in my life. I find that the boost stated above is real.

Here are a couple of interesting studies:

  1. The University of California, Berkeley study showed that people who were 55 and older who volunteered for two or more organizations were 44 percent less likely to die over a five year period than those who didn’t volunteer – even accounting for many other factors including age, exercise, general health and negative habits like smoking
  2. The National Institutes of Health looked at the functional MRIs of subjects who gave to various charities, they found that giving stimulated the mesolimbic pathway, which is the reward center of the brain – releasing endorphins and creating what is known as the “helper’s high.” Like other highs, this one is addictive too.

Giving makes a difference in the lives of others but it makes a difference in your life as well.

We hope you will experience the ‘Helper’s High’ on Giving Hearts Day and donate to the YMCA or your other charities of choice. I know that your gift will help make someone else experience a high as well. Thanks for believing in our community!

See you at the Y!

Steve Smith, President

Giving Hearts Day – February 8, 2018 Click here to make donation