This Is Your #Brain on #Giving

DonateIt’s that time of year again! It’s the season for giving to others, whether it’s a platter of fresh baked cookies for your neighbor, a montage of pictures you took with your BFF, or a token of generosity to help a nonprofit organization move forward with its mission – giving impacts the brain in a wonderful way. What distinguishes us from other animals in the kingdom is that our mind and the behaviors we choose to display have a great influence on our health. Diet and exercise go a long way but there’s a reason the saying mind over matter has stuck throughout time. The term for people who gain from giving is called a ‘helpers high‘.  This high is from giving what you can afford to give: time, emotional support, food, unused items, or money. The benefit to the charity to which you donate is greatly appreciated but the benefits you receive transcend the value on a spreadsheet. How beneficial is lower blood pressure, higher self-esteem, less depression, lower stress levels for you? A longer a more satisfying life is not something you can pick-up at the local bodega. Give to Dip a Stick to help others avoid diabetes complications by detecting high sugar early. Help others. Enjoy the health benefits. Get a tax deduction doing it! That’s the ‘helpers high’ feeling you can get from giving this season.

The Dip a Stick Movement is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization campaign. It’s a needle-free way for people without diabetes to see high sugar early and reduce the risk of diabetes complications. Join the Dip a Stick Movement for free by subscribing here or by texting DIPASTICK to 22828 and respond with your email. You can also support us by shopping Amazon or donating on PayPal.

About Allie Beatty

Allie's Voice is where I put my thoughts on health news. I have Type 1 diabetes but I talk about things that apply to everybody. Reach me on Twitter @AlliesVoice. Subscribe for free to Allie's Voice weekend e-news to support the nonprofit, Dip a Stick® for Diabetes. Learn more at
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