DID YOU KNOW?
Studies show that giving can actually boost your physical and mental health, which is good news in today’s world where many are suffering from emotional complications brought on by the global pandemic, climate change, war, etc.
Research shows that people who give social support to others have lower blood pressure than people who don’t. Supportive interaction with others also helps people recover from coronary-related events. Researchers also say that people who give their time to help others through community and organizational involvement have great self-esteem, less depression and lower stress levels than those who don’t.
Biologically, giving can create a “warm glow”, activating regions in the brain associated with pleasure. This is the reason why you feel excitement when you’re about to give a gift to someone else and why you feel happy driving back from a volunteer experience. Like other highs, this one is addictive, too. So go ahead and reach out to someone in need, decide what charities you’d like to give to and identify opportunities to give back in your community. Your mental and physical health will thank you – and so will the people you help.
Sounds a lot like the Rotary motto – Service Above Self, which explains why Rotarians are so happy. Think about it for a few. Wouldn’t you like to be happier and healthier? I know that’s how I felt when I joined VOM Rotary back in 2010. Got happy and never looked back.
Just imagine, if you will, what a wonderful world this would be if everyone felt that way and took care of one another rather than fight and destroy. What if we all believed in “live and let live”? Oh, I guess that would be called utopia, no doubt an unobtainable goal.
Rotary clubs around the world have certainly tried to accomplish this goal by giving to those in need, helping to wipe out communicable diseases, providing college scholarships to students in need, and continuing to look forward as new challenges present themselves. Rotary intends to take action on the subject of the environment and its hoping to appeal to the younger crowd who are forward-thinking.
With over a million members worldwide, Rotary looks forward to making this world a better place, a healthier place, a happier place. Rotary is inclusive, engaging, compassionate, and ambitious on behalf of the world.
If you would like to see and hear about Rotary first-hand, please feel free to drop in at one of our meetings for a cup of coffee and a light breakfast. We meet most Thursday mornings at 8 a.m. at the Oakmont East Rec Center. Many of us arrive early so we can spend a bit of time socializing.
For more information, please call our Membership Chair Art Fichtenberg at 707-484-1051