18 | DECEMBER 2017 | OHIO STYLIST & SALON |WWW.OHIOSTYLIST.COM Giving Creates Gratitude, Happiness andWealth
This is the time of year for giving and whether
you are giving or receiving, feelings of gratitude
are created. Being grateful is an important part of
happiness, being healthy and feeling connected.
We can give in different ways, all with the same
reward. Research suggests when we donate our
time or money, we benefit. When we give, our
action activates the areas in our brain that are
associated with pleasure, trust, and connection.
Scientists believe when we engage in unselfish
activities endorphins are released in our brain and
this produces a positive feeling.
Giving can involve your community, your col-
leagues, your clients, and yourself. Here are some
ways you can give:
Giving toYour Community—
You can vol-
unteer at nonprofit organizations, charities, or
through established volunteer groups. Communi-
ties do so much for their citizens, and these orga-
nizations need help by having citizens give back.
Think about the famous quote from J. F. Kennedy’s
Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961...
And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your
country can do for you—ask what you can do for
What can you do for your community? You
own and operate your business and this is doing
much for your community. It is important to have
services, and quality ones at that, for others to
enjoy. Outside of your business you can give your
time and/or money. Through your giving you will
help those in need and create a feeling of common
good. Your time and talent will touch many lives
and your good deed can be as simple as helping a
neighbor. The tiniest of help can impact the com-
munity in a positive way and help renew a sense of
You can volunteer at local beauty schools; hos-
pice care centers or at hospitals. You will meet new
people and generate the feeling of “I did that.”
Sometimes the hardest part of giving is finding
a match that fits you to volunteer. Using the online
service called VolunteerMatch may be the answer.
This service offers suggestions of where to help in
your specific community.
If you can, give a few dollars to your favorite
charity. Do some research to find the one that
utilizes the donation well and one that fits with
your desires of who to help. If money isn’t some-
thing you can give then think about donating
clothes, books, toys, food etc. The Salvation Army,
Goodwill, libraries, schools, food banks, and animal
shelters all need donations.
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