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Giving gifts can create healthy feelings

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Giving a gift can actually benefit the giver.

Dr. Scott Bea, a psychologist from Cleveland Clinic, says a chemical change happens when you do something for someone else. Serotonin is released and that chemical regulates your mood. Dopamine, a "feel-good" chemical is also released. You also feel the effects of oxytocin, which is a bonding neuro-chemical. It is typically released in the brains of women at the time of childbirth and immediately connects mom to her newborn baby.

Dr. Bea says you don't have to rush out to the store to buy something, you'll still feel the same effects from giving gifts from the heart.

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