Tis’ the season to be altruistic! In other words, selfless.  Altruism is a practice present in most cultures.  You may have heard the phrase “do unto others as you would have them do to you”.  During this season, you are encouraged to do MORE for others.  You may be pleased to know that the benefits of giving result in more than just good karma!

Many studies support the idea that giving to others can be used to improve health and well-being.  Altruism can also increase social ties and social activities, both of which have positive effects on health.  Even though there can be negative ties to caregiving, studies show that groups who practice caring for others have a lower mortality rate than those who do not.

During this busy time, it is easy to get lost in work and preparation.  Remember to take care of yourself and others during the holidays, regardless of how busy you may be.  If you feel that your work life is taking too much of your time, it may be beneficial to step back and focus on what matters most to you.

Did You Know?

  • Psychologists have found that “selfless” genes attract mates.
  • Altruism is often referred to as the Golden Rule.
  • The concept of altruism has been an ethical thought for centuries, but has just recently become a scientific topic.
  • Humans are not the only species who practice altruism. Animals also show altruistic qualities in the care of their young.

Interested in Giving?

  • Check out a local charity.
  • Volunteer at a retirement home.
  • Help at a food drive.
  • Donate to a homeless shelter or halfway house.

Did you know LifeWork Strategies just launched a new wellness portal and mobile app called LifeWorkConnect? Email mpierce@adventisthealthcare.com to find out more.

Sources: Berkley, ScienceDaily, National Institutes of Health (NIH). LifeWork Strategies EAP, and Adventist HealthCare. The Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only. For medical advice, consult your physician. Feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.