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7 SCIENCE-BACKED REASONS WHY GENEROSITY IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH

 

 

 

 

Giving of yourself -- whether it be your time, energy or money – doesn't just help the people you're helping. Research shows that generosity can also have benefits for the receiver, including a better outlook at your job and more years of life.

 

Here are a few science-backed reasons on why you should make generosity a regular part of your day:

 

1. It will keep stress in check.--Being stingy is linked with higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol. A study looked at cortisol levels in response to giving away money and choosing to keep more money for yourself. The more money people chose to keep in the experiment, the greater shame they felt and the higher their cortisol levels were. While some stress is good, high levels of stress have been linked to illnesses.

 

2. Happiness at work depends on it--Helping others while on the job could boost your happiness at work. A study showed that being altruistic not only improves well-being at work, but also makes people feel more committed to their work and less likely to quit.

 

3. It's beneficial to the greater good--Generosity trumps selfishness when it comes to success in the long run. Researchers found that in a strategic game involving multiple people when there was cooperation and everyone benefits from working together, there was more success than when one person dominated the other.

 

4. You'll enjoy more years of life--Researchers found a link between giving and unselfishness and having a lower risk of early death. Helping others -- whether it be by helping to run errands, watching their children or giving them a lift somewhere -- is linked with a decreased mortality risk.

 

5. It keeps the cycle of "good" going--Thinking about the times you've given of yourself makes you feel selfless and want to help others, compared with thinking of the times you've been on the receiving end of things. In other words, thinking about times you've helped others will then make you want to help others again.

 

6. Your marriage will be stronger--Generosity is one of the key factors for a happy marriage. People are happier in their marriages when they make a regular effort to serve their spouse in small ways, from making them a cup of coffee, to giving them a back rub after a long day, to going out of their way to be affectionate or forgiving.

 

7. It promotes mental health--Volunteering not only improves well-being and life satisfaction, but it's also linked with decreased depression and a lower risk of dying early. People reporting stronger social relationships have a reduced risk of mortality, so the social aspects of volunteering can contribute to that as well.

 

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Inglewood Harvest Barn Market

Every Tuesday!!
6233 Old Baton Rouge Hwy.
Alexandria

3:00PM - 6:00PM

 

Alexandria Mid-Week Farmers’ Market **
2727 Jackson Street
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

 

Thursdays
Pineville Market **
Highway 28 E
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM


Leesville Main Street Farmers’ Market **
3rd Main Street
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

 

Saturdays
Inglewood Harvest Barn Market **
6233 Old Baton Rouge HWY
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Lafayette Farmers & Artisans Market
at the Horse Farm
2913 Johnston Street
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
** EBT/SNAP ACCEPTED AT THIS LOCATION
* CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED AT EVERY LOCATION

 

featuring local and organic produce, humanely raised meats, artisan baked goods, preserved foods and handmade crafts. Check their Facebook page for special events: http://www.facebook.com/InglewoodFarmMarketAtTheBarn.

Admission: 
Free
Phone: 
(318) 442-6398


 

Rhythm & Rhymes Spoken Word Performing Arts Series

Alexandria Museum of Art
933 Second Street
Alexandria, LA
July 31st

7:00PM - 9:00PM

Musical and spoken word performances, including open mic and featured performers, are presented at the Alexandria Museum of Art, promoting the art of spoken word and self-expression, as well as creating opportunities for poets.

Hosted by accomplished slam poet and Alexandria native Sha’Condria “iCon” Sibley.

Admission: 
Free for AMoA Members; $4 for non-members

Clybourne Park– City Park Players

July 31 to August 8th

Hearn Stage at The Kress Theater
1102 Third Street
Alexandria, LA

Join City Park Players for Bruce Norris’s Clybourne Park to be performed Thursdays through Sundays from July 30 to August 9 at the Hearn Stage of the Kress Theatre.  Thursday through Saturday performances begin at 7:30 PM, and Sunday matinees begin at 2:30 PM.

Admission: 
General admission: $15.00 Seniors (60+): $12.00 Students: $7.00 Groups of 10+: $10.00

 


Back To School Concert with Taylor Mathews & Michelle Willis

Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center
PO Box 12802
Alexandria, LA 71315

Saturday August 1st

3:00PM - 5:00PM

Back To School Concert featuring America's Got Talent Top Ten Finalist (and Cenla native), Taylor Mathews and rising Nashville star, Michelle Willis.  To benefit the pediatric arts programs of Arts & Healthcare, Inc.  Taylor and Michelle will have CDs available and will sign autographs after the show.  A fun event for the whole family.


St Jude Back to School Jamfest

77 Long Leaf Rd
Longleaf, LA

5:00PM - 11:00PM

Join us Saturday, August 1st for the 1st Annual St Jude Back to School JamFest! Held at the Southern Forest Heritage Museum with music from new country artist Brandon Holland and Nashville raising star Erica Nicole Music! It will be an afternoon of fun for the entire family and it's absolutely FREE for everyone!

 



 

National Night Out Block Parties

August 4th

Alexandria Garden District
Alexandria, LA

6:00PM - 9:00PM

National Night Out is being held on Tuesday, August 4, 2015, an annual nationwide event designed to strengthen relationships in your neighborhoods, raise crime prevention awareness, and continue relationships with public safety officials and between neighbors.

 


Visitor Appreciation Day

Alexandria Zoological Park
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA
Saturday August 8th

9:00AM - 4:00PM

Admission: Free

Get up, get out, and come play at the Alexandria Zoo on this day filled with music, activities, animals and fun.

 


Susan G. Komen and Cleco are teaming up to Tee Off for a Cure by hosting the Cleco/Komen Golf Tournament Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. Check-in begins at 10:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. The tournament will be held at Oakwing Golf Club.

For those interested in becoming a sponsor or playing in the tournament, please contact Cindy Perdue or Terry Taylor with Cleco at 318-484-7400.


 


 

 

 

 

 



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Alexandria, LA
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Hillsong United

July 29th

New Orleans

Smoothie King Center

 

Whitesnake

August 8th

Marksville, LA

Paragon Casino

 

The Midtown Men

August 15th

Marksville, LA

Paragon Casino

 

Incubus

August 16th

New Orleans

Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square

 

Gary Allan

August 21st

Kinder, LA

Coushatta Casino

 

The Fixx

August 22nd

Marksville, LA

Paragon Casino

 

KC & The Sunshine Band

August 22nd

Vinton, LA

Delta Downs Casino

 

Eddy Raven

August 22nd

Opelousas, LA

Evangeline Race Track


Collective Soul

August 22

Charenton, LA

Cypress Bayou Casino

 

Boyz II Men

August 29th

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IP Casino

 

Mötley Crüe: The Final Tour "All Bad Things Must Come To An End

September 4th

New Orleans

Smoothy Kings Center

 

Clint Black

September 5th

Shreveport, LA

Sam's Town Casino

 

Charlie Pride

September 19th

Bossier City

Horseshoe Casino

 

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators

October 2nd

Marksville, LA

Paragon Casino

 

Jackson Browne

October 10th

New Orleans

Saenger Theater

 

Ariana Grande

October 9th

New Orleans

Smoothie King Center

 

Better Than Ezra

October 16th

Baton Rouge

L'Auberge Casino

 

Josh Groban

October 21st

New Orleans

Saenger Theater

 

Sesame Street Live

Make A New Friend

November 6th

New Orleans

UNO Lakefront Arena

 

Aaron Neville

December 4th

Baton Rouge

L'Auberge Casino

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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