Giving Back is a powerful self-care tool. While it may seem to only benefit others, giving back comes full circle. According to the Cleveland Clinic, giving to others is shown to boost your mental and physical health. By volunteering for a good cause, starting a fundraiser, or donating to charity you can reap multiple health benefits including lowering your blood pressure, increasing your self-esteem, decreasing symptoms of depression and stress, increasing the longevity of your lifespan, and creating a feeling of happiness and satisfaction by helping others. “Biologically, giving can create a “warm glow,” activating regions in the brain associated with pleasure, connection with other people and trust. This is the reason why you feel excitement when you’re about to give a gift to someone else (and why you feel close to them during), or why you feel happy driving back from a volunteer experience.”

The mental health benefits of giving are powerful and we wanted to learn how the self-care tool of giving back has impacted our biggest sponsor for #31DaysofWellness. Earlier this month, MHC’s President & CEO, Luis Perez joined ConnectiCare President, Eric Galvin to talk about the self-care tool of Giving Back. Who better to discuss the power of giving than our Double the Impact Sponsor? Watch the below to learn how this generous gift and their 40 years of service to Connecticut residents has made an impact.

This #ThankaThonThursday we are extending our most sincere gratitude for ConnectiCare for being our Double the Impact Sponsor. If MHC meets its goal of raising $31,000 by May 31, ConnectiCare will match that amount, dollar for dollar, and double the impact for the MHC@Home Fund. You can help us reach our goal by making a donation today at