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Maria Shikary

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About Author — Dr. Shikary is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Medicine, and trained in pediatrics at UCSF in San Francisco. She specializes in holistic/integrative medicine and nutrition.

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True generosity is an offering; given freely and out of pure love. No strings attached. No expectations. Time and love are the most valuable possession you can share.”

                                                                                                                            – Suze Orman

Tis the season. Gifts are under the tree and children and adults alike are hoping to receive lots goodies this year. But what is most important, what we receive or what we give to others. What truly makes us happy? Believe it or not, there is quite a bit of research around the topic and people who give prosocially to others, i.e. try to help others, are more likely to be happier. Just talking with people about generosity towards others can increase their probability of giving by 18.5 %. Functional MRI findings have shown that charity work can increase brain activity in the pleasure and reward centers of the brain.

We live in a world where it is easy to get caught up in the material aspects of life, but the most important lesson we can teach ourselves and our children is that material wealth is nothing compared to social wealth especially in the pursuit of happiness.With that said, I and the team at PlushCare wish everyone a very merry Christmas and we hope that you spend it more in the spirit of giving than receiving.