Doing good is good for you.

The season of giving is upon us and for many that doesn’t just include immediate family and friends. Giving back to your community and volunteering during the holidays and beyond can do immeasurable amounts of good not only for others, but for yourself.

According to a new study, volunteering for as little as two to 2.5 hours a week can be beneficial for your health, both mentally and physically. Specifically, 75 percent of those who volunteered in the past year said it made them feel “physically healthier,” according to the report, and 34 percent of those who volunteered found participating helped them to better manage their chronic illnesses, compared to those who have not volunteered in the past 12 months.

Those numbers don’t lie!

And that’s just one study among many that details the benefits of giving your time to help those in need. Hundreds of surveys all reached similar conclusions: that volunteering can decrease your risk of depression, reduce stress levels, lower blood pressure and even a longer lifespan.

Committing to helping others can even help you in the workplace. Volunteering forces employees to focus their attention on something outside of their day-to-day, 9-to-5 grind, giving workers a change in perspective that can often help generate new ideas and problem-solving skills in the workplace, a study from staffing firm Robert Half International found.

Help your employees help others this season by encouraging them to get out there and volunteer. Whether you choose to participate in charity events, donate supplies or gifts to local shelters or even just spend a little time helping out at a soup kitchen, your company and your employees can make a difference in the lives of many. The options and health benefits are endless!

Utilize promotional merchandise to spread brand impressions and holiday cheer while out volunteering.

Having your team don matching branded jackets or t-shirts can make a big impression and help spread the word about your brand while you’re out helping others.

Don’t have time to physically get out and volunteer during this busy holiday season? There are other ways to lend a hand to those in need. When doing your seasonal shopping, consider choosing brands and products that giveback to various charities and important causes.

Check out the 2018 Seasonal Idea Book to see our collection of branded gifts that encourage kindness and community and be sure to encourage your employees and associates to get out and do a little good this season.

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