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Study: Giving back to others may help your own health

As we head into the season of giving, there are lots of reasons to support and help others, but you may want to give just for the health of it. (WKRC)

FLORENCE, Ky. (WKRC) - As we head into the season of giving, there are lots of reasons to support and help others, but you may want to give just for the health of it.

On Thursday, Master Provisions, which connects food, clothing and orphan care to people, helped kick off the giving season. They hosted their annual annual M Power Luncheon, empowering people to give so they can help pay it forward.

Master Provisions is an organization that brings resources, such as surplus food to areas around Cincinnati and northern Kentucky. They need giving this time of year in terms of your prayers, donations, and time as a volunteer.

And don't underestimate the reasons to give--a report from the Cleveland Clinic found you get what's called a "helper's high" when you give.

The report says you also get health benefits from that, which include lower blood pressure, less depression, less stress and better self-esteem.

Local 12 asked people at the luncheon why they give and support Master Provisions.

"For me, personally, it's the ministry and giving back to the community and serving those in need," said Jason Wessel.

"This isn't just about northern Kentucky and Cincinnati; this is about so much more," said Katie Nelson. "I think oftentimes we think in the scope of what's around us, and there's so much more we don't see that Master Provisions takes care of; it gives us the feeling that we are reaching just beyond our community."

The study on giving came from the International Journal of Psychophysiology found giving people may also get health benefits because they have greater social support.

Social people are healthier overall and have fewer heart-related events and higher happiness levels.

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