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Try this 60-second hack to improve your health

Bosma Enterprises - 1/8/2018 10:24:52 AM

If you've resolved to take better care of yourself in 2018, here's the one tip you need to know.

You Can Now Buy Better Health. No, Really!

We’ve made it through the first week of 2018, and at this point most people fall into one of two categories: those who are rocking their resolutions, or those who have already forgotten what they were.  According to a recent survey from YouGov, some of the most popular resolutions people are making for 2018 (and let’s be honest, every year) are eating better, exercising more and performing better self-care. [i]  

Each January, gyms across the country see a massive increase in attendance and it may seem everyone around you has started a new diet that’s definitely going to work this time.  People aiming to improve their self-care try to get more sleep, read more books, or find other activities that focus on relaxation and positive thinking.  But year after year, as the glitter and excitement of New Year’s Eve fade, so does the motivation to keep up these new lifestyle changes.  If you’ve decided you can’t face your new personal trainer again, or the thought of one more bowl of steamed broccoli makes you want to run to the nearest drive-thru, there is still hope for your resolutions!  Would you believe me if I told you there is a 60-second hack that will instantly boost your health?

We know the giving of time or money can go a long way to help other people and organizations, but few people know that it can also help the giver.  Studies have found donating your time or money has some pretty significant health benefits, including: lower blood pressure, increased self-esteem, less stress, more happiness and even a longer life.[ii]  Even when accounting for other factors including age and negative habits, studies found that people over the age of 55 that volunteered were 44 percent less likely to die over a five-year period than those who did not volunteer.  Giving is also linked to the release of endorphins in the brain, which help relieve pain and induce feelings of pleasure. 

So go ahead, treat yourself by treating others.  A donation of just $50 can buy a white cane for a person who is blind and give them back their independence, that’s probably less than you’re paying for that gym you’ll never go back to.