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Bought new gym shoes and they’re still in the box? We can’t help you exercise more often or stay away from the vending machine at work, but we can help you enjoy a happier, healthier 2009. Easily and conveniently, JustGive can simplify your charitable giving and help you make a difference in the world.

Keeping your resolution to give more to charity and organize your finances

You have good intentions to give to your favorite charity throughout the year, but haven’t started yet? Don’t wait until December to make your donations or get your charitable finances in order. For as little as $10, you can start giving right away and spread your gifts throughout the year with donations to any of nearly 1.5 million charities. Set it up now and choose the charities to receive a recurring gift—we’ll take care of the details. Then sit back. Relax. And feel good about what you’re doing all year!

How much should you give? How often? Our Giving Wisely tools help you make your generosity count, and our Giving Resources show you how to make a real difference in your life, in your community, and in the world.

Organizing charitable records at the touch of a button

We’ll keep your giving records in a personal, password-protected account. When it’s time to file your taxes, click on your Giving History and print a complete record of all your charitable donations.

Giving is good for your health

A national survey of 30,000 Americans found those who gave money to charity were 43 percent more likely to be “very happy” with their lives. Studies done by the nation’s top universities—Harvard, Yale and Stanford—revealed that givers also benefit from delayed mortality, reduced depression, increased well being, good fortune, and perhaps even professional success.

Given the current state of the economy, Mark D. Lange, a former private equity executive, asked, “Why would any rational American give to a charity this year?” He consulted with Dr. Charles Raison of the department of psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine, who explained the immediate benefit from giving: when people give money or volunteer their time, the pleasure center of the brain is activated, generating dopamine, the “happy” neurotransmitter associated with reward, laughter and pleasure. And research shows we generate new neurons with repeated brain activities. So the more often we give, the better we feel.

My running shoes might stay in the box, but I feel about good sticking to a healthy resolution to make a difference in the world. Join me and Tell a friend too. Here’s to a happier, healthier 2009.

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