Are you ready to live? Really live that feeling good life you desire to live? Thank you for joining me on this episode of the Feeling Good Podcast, it’s great to be alive. I want to thank you for helping me spread the message of natural health and wellness by sharing the Feeling Good Podcast with your friends and family, and encouraging them to subscribe to our podcast also. I want to encourage you to go to iTunes and give us a review there. I also want to encourage you to check out Carson Natural Health on Facebook, and join me every Friday, in the noonday hour, Central Time, for my weekly Facebook Live broadcast we call Feeling Good Fridays.
On this feel good day we will discuss the real physical, and emotional benefits to giving.
Key Takeaways from This Podcast:
[2:47] Christmas is about much more than snowfall, and giving gifts. It’s about the greatest story ever told, the story of the birth of Jesus Christ, God’s gift to the world.
[3:09] Are you better at giving or receiving? For Dr. Phil and his wife, it’s always been harder to receive from others, although they love to give to others.
[3:34] Once someone was desiring to give Dr. Phil something, but he was not willing to receive it. They said, “Please, you must receive this gift. I don’t want you to take away my blessing, by not receiving this gift.” Dr. Phil has since become a better receiver.
[4:19] The holy scriptures say that it is more blessed to give than to receive, and science has proven it true. If you are a giver, then you probably already know the blessings.
[4:53] Studies find benefits to physical and mental health associated with giving: lower blood pressure, increased self-esteem, less depression, lower stress levels, longer life, and finally, greater happiness. If you want to be healthy, consider being a great giver.
[5:51] On Black Friday, Dr. Phil withdrew some $10 bills, and with his daughters and niece, went to Chick-fil-A, in Tupelo, and bought lunches for people in the drive-thru.
[8:02] The International Journal of Psychology published a study that people who gave social support to others had lower blood pressure. Supportive interaction with others also helped people recover from coronary-related events.
[8:31] Researchers have also found that people who gave their time to help others through community and organizational involvement had greater self-esteem, less depression, and lower stress levels.
[8:46] A study at the University of California at Berkeley, showed people 55 and older who volunteered for two or more organizations were 44% less likely to die over 5 years.
[9:29] A University of Michigan study found similar results in elderly people who gave help to friends, relatives and neighbors, or who gave emotional support to spouses.
[9:45] Biologically, giving can create a warm glow, activating regions in your brain that are associated with pleasure, connection with others, and trust. During gift-giving behaviors we secrete the ‘feel-good’ chemicals serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin.
[10:33] Researchers from the NIH found that giving stimulates the mesolimbic pathway — the reward center of the brain — releasing endorphins, creating ‘the helper’s high.’
[11:14] If you want to have a more blessed, happy, healthy Christmas holiday season, then learn to be a better giver. Let’s look for opportunities to give, all year long.
[11:45] Dr. Phil’s new book, How to Live Until You Die: The 7 Keys to Living Happy, Healthy, and Whole, will be released by the end of the year. Check out his website for the release date.
[12:44] This episode’s Feeling Good Superhero is Dr. Phil’s brother-in-law, Eddie. Seven years ago, before Christmas, Phil and his wife suffered a complete business failure, and Eddie stepped up with money for the five children’s Christmas. Phil will never forget it!
[16:31] Have health questions? Visit carsonnatural.com & click on the ‘Ask Dr. Phil’ microphone to record your questions, or email them to [email protected].
Mentioned in This Episode of The Feeling Good Podcast:
Carson Natural Health & Wellness Consulting – Facebook page
Dr. Laura Washington
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