Give Back and Feel Better
Why do Westminster faculty and staff give back to the college? You may be surprised at the health benefits of giving.
"A remarkable fact is that giving, even in later years, can delay death. The impact of giving is just as significant as not smoking and avoiding obesity."
Stephen Post, professor of preventative medicine, Stony Brook University
“Altruistic behavior releases endorphins in the brain, producing the positive feeling known as the ‘helper’s high.’” Greatergood.berkeley.edu
Researchers suggest that one reason giving may improve physical health and longevity is that it helps decrease stress by lowering blood pressure, which is associated with a variety of health problems.
Rachael Piferi, Johns Hopkins University and Kathleen Lawler, University of Tennessee
Better than Sex
“Giving has been linked to the release of oxytocin, a hormone (also released during sex and breast feeding) that induces feelings of warmth, euphoria, and connection to others. A dose of oxytocin will cause people to give more generously and to feel more empathy towards others with ‘symptoms’ lasting up to two hours.” Paul Zak, Center for Neuroeconomics, Claremont Graduate University
Make a gift and start feeling better today! You make a difference using one of these easy options:
• enroll in payroll deduction online
• order a Westminster College license plate
• name Westminster as a beneficiary
You can direct your gift of any amount to: scholarships, Student Hardship Fund, The Westminster Fund, any of the schools or programs, athletics, or greatest need. Contact Dana Tumpowsky, director of campus relations, at extension 2757 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.