May 20, 2020 2 min read 3 Comments

After donating 419 bottles of hand sanitizer, 11,257 units of soap and 10,125 units of limited edition Hero Hands Body Butter, that we created for healthcare workers and distributed across 14 major hospitals in Alberta, we had a case of the warm and fuzzies. The kind of good feeling we get when we donate $1 from our monthly Community Bar to Canadian non-profits. So, all this community action has us thinking: What about giving back makes you feel all good inside?

Learn more about Hero Hands. 

The pathway to pleasure

The reward pathway of your brain — the same one that lights up for pleasurable things like that slice of devil’s food cake — is run by the mesolimbic system. It’s where dopamine is released from. That’s the feel-good chemical that plays a large role in reward-motivated behaviour. Researchers have found that the mesolimbic system engages when donating in the same way as when you receive a gift.

people holding hands.

Physical benefits

Studies have found that people who help others live longer. In their book, Why Good things Happen to Good People, Stephen Post, Ph.D. and journalist Jill Neimark write that acts of giving had reported health benefits in people with chronic illness. It’s possible that people who give social support to others have lower blood pressure. That’s one theory from a 2006 study. The researchers from that study also found those participants who tended to give social support also received more social support, had more self-efficacy and self-esteem, while reporting less depression and less stress. Not too shabby!

Giving fights loneliness

And loneliness isn’t the best for your health. In a world where we’re more and more disconnected from each other, giving your time can help fight social isolation and strengthen your sense of community. The same study that spoke to blood pressure notes that social networks lead to longevity, fewer physical illness symptoms and, of course, have lower blood pressure.

You’re more thankful

Gratitude has all sorts of benefits. But did you know that you can get those benefits from giving and receiving? So when you do something nice for someone, you get the same benefit as when you’re expressing gratitude. When you practice gratitude it can have profound effects on your health and happiness. At Rocky, every Monday we take one minute for “Attitude of Gratitude” where we list (in our heads) three or more things we’re grateful for. Try it! It’s a simple way to work gratitude into your everyday life.

Spread the love

Giving begets giving. Studies say that when you give to one person, it can inspire them to give to others. So when you help someone out, you’re also helping to create a web of generosity. That means you’re also helping spread all those amazing health benefits associated with giving. Isn’t that a wonderful thought?

Why about giving feels good for you?

3 Responses

Rocky Mountain Soap Company
Rocky Mountain Soap Company

May 25, 2020

Thank you so much, @M DAVIDSON @SHARON


May 21, 2020

Very impressive that you are showing such leadership in generosity to AHS. I will continue, as I have since you opened, to support you. Thank you for leading by example


May 21, 2020

Giving is like karma; I always feel good when I can do something for someone or surprise them with a special little item, whether it’s flowers from my garden, baking, gift cards ( wine, coffee or special book (essential for essential workers & small business owners), inviting people to enjoy a visit or stay at my nature retreat property, and of course, your wonderful products. Being the only one left in my family, I want to pay it forward.🙏💞

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