Today is Giving Tuesday, where you give back to the community. With so many people giving back we want to talk about the benefits of giving.

Giving is one way of connecting to people. And connecting is what humanity is about. You share, help, love others. You don't live in isolation. Giving is more than giving money. Giving is sharing ideas, volunteering, helping.

When you give you take focus off of yourself and your problems temporarily. Helping someone else allows you to take a break from your problems. When you use your mind in different ways then you give yourself a chance to re-charge - mentally, spiritually, emotionally. So when you re-focus on yourself again, you have a different perspective. You're able to see your own situation differently and handle it more effectively.

Giving to others brings you happiness. When you’re the reason that someone smiles, someone relaxes, someone can enjoy life a little better because of something you did or provided, that’s meaningful and fulfilling.

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Blanca Cobb is a WFMY News 2 Contributing Editor, body language expert and keynote speaker/corporate trainer who covers nonverbal communication, psychology and behavior. Follow her on Twitter @blancacobb. The opinions expressed in this article are exclusively hers.