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Generosity

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I have over several months helped others not in my family.

I donate money to charity.

I take initiative to provide my assistance when I see people in need of help.

I give compliments, even to those who could be seen as my competitors.

I always think of ways to contribute to others around me.

I am involved in a good cause.

I often give or do something for others without expecting anything in return.

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      Altruism, generosity and kindness is the habit of giving without expecting anything in return.

      Prosocial use of your money/time results in feelings of happiness[4][7]. Volunteers are more satisfied with their life than non-volunteers[6]. Helping others will reduce stress and increase longevity[1]. Generosity through volunteering seems to benefit mental health and survival[2]. Giving social support can lower blood pressure[3]. People with empathy and altruistic behaviors have less cardiovascular risk[5].

      Giving promotes a sense of trust and cooperation that strengthens our ties to others[8].

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      • [1] MJ Poulin, SL Brown, AJ Dillard, DM Smith (2013) Giving to others and the association between stress and mortality. American journal of public health 103 (9), 1649-1655 View
      • [2] Richards, Suzanne et all. Is volunteering a public health intervention? A systematic review and meta-analysis of the health and survival of volunteers. BMC Public Health, 13:773 View
      • [3] Piferi RL, Lawler KA. Social support and ambulatory blood pressure: An examination of both receiving and giving. International Journal of Psychophysiology 2006;62:328-336. View
      • [4] Dunn, E. W., Aknin, L. B., & Norton, M. I. (2014). Prosocial spending and happiness: Using money to benefit others pays off. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 23, 41–47. View
      • [5] Hannah M. C. Schreier. Effect of Volunteering on Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease in AdolescentsA Randomized Controlled TrialVolunteering and Cardiovascular Disease Risks. View
      • [6] Is volunteering rewarding in itself? S Meier, A Stutzer. Economica 75 (297), 39-59 View
      • [7] Anik, Lalin, Lara B. Aknin, Michael I. Norton and Elizabeth W. Dunn (2010), “Feeling Good About Giving: The Benefits (and Costs) of Self-Interested Charitable Behavior,” In The Science of Giving: Experimental Approaches to the Study of Charity, ed. Daniel M. Oppenheimer and Christopher Y. Olivola, New York: Taylor & Francis, 1-28.
      • [8] Lyubomirsky, S. (2008). The how of happiness: A scientific approach to getting the life you want. New York: Penguin Press.