Eating 5 portions of fruit and veg is a daily requirement according to health experts. Something everyone should aim for. Apparently these 5 daily portions of green goodness are essential to preventing illness, staying healthy, and can even make you happy.
But what if there was a way to be happier and healthier that doesn’t revolve around healthy eating?
The good news is there is…
Making giving one of your five-a-day could really make you happier.
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill
See. If Winston Churchill endorses, it must be true.
Okay, so switching broccoli for giving away an old jumper may not be an NHS-approved dieting technique, but giving has been scientifically shown to be good for you! And here’s the proof…
Giving really does make you happier, and the proof is in the chemicals. Endorphins, which make you feel happier, are released in the brain when you give something away. Studies have shown that giving something to a fellow human can activate different areas of your brain, making you feel as though you are the one receiving a gift.
Yep, that’s right. Stressing about exams right now? Well, giving could be the answer. Giving to others has shown to release another wonderful hormone into the brain called oxytocin. It helps to make you feel less stressed.
Why not give it a try?
If you’re fed up of studying, work is driving you up the wall, or if everything is just getting a bit too much right now, then make yourself feel a bit better and give!
There are tonnes of ways you can do this. Volunteering, giving your friend a present just because, buying lunch for a homeless person, and getting a round in on a night out are all good options.
But heading over to the Free Your Stuff page right now, and giving away something you never use is probably the quickest and easiest way to reap the benefits of giving straight away.
Go on, make someone else’s day – and yours too!