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Giving and Your Community Wellbeing

30 Nov 2010 | Gallup

"Give blood. All you'll feel is good." As this campaign slogan illustrates, giving is good for both the recipient and the donor. Psychologists have conducted experiments to determine if this claim is true and it turns out that this is one slogan that passes the truth-in-advertising test. People reported experiencing increased moods before and after they donated blood.

At the highest end of the Community Wellbeing continuum is giving back to society. This may be what differentiates an exceptional life from a good one. When we asked people with thriving wellbeing about the greatest contribution they had made in their life, with few exceptions, they mentioned the impact they have had on another person, group, or community. Not only had these individuals made a substantial contribution to something bigger than themselves, but they also had been recognized for their community involvement.

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