Updated: Jun 10
Are your stress levels peaking right about now? There’s one simple thing that could help ease some of the anxiety over the current issues we face. It turns out that being charitable towards others has rewards that go well beyond reducing your tax burden. Here are some of the benefits to get you on the giving wagon and on the road to a happier, healthier you.
Studies have shown that there are several potential health benefits associated with acts giving.
Lower blood pressure
Improved cognitive function
Lower mortality rate
We are social creatures by design, so it makes sense that our bodies reward us when we act to help others. Biological proof that giving is good for us!
Our communities are extensions of ourselves. Thus, it follows that by contributing to our social networks, we contribute to our own well-being. Research indicates that social belonging may boost health and longevity. In times of hardship, community can be an important source of comfort and resources. This is all the more reason to get involved in strengthening your community and ensuring that it stands ready to support you and those close to you.
"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members." - Coretta Scott King
Happiness & Fulfillment:
Dopamine boost anyone? Yes, please! Scientists have discovered that donating stimulates the reward centers of our brains, creating feelings of well-being. And a study in the Social Science and Medicine Journal found that volunteering can increase happiness. By adding more purpose to our lives, we stand to gain greater fulfillment, peace, and positive self-image. What's more, when we shift our attention towards others' well-being, we also focus less on our own worries. It’s simple: worry less by caring more about others.
In these troubled times, the timeless message is to be good by doing good. Giving does not need to be a huge burden, financial or otherwise. Small gestures that speak from the heart can go a long way. As we enter the season of giving, be mindful of contributing what you can to your loved ones, community, and society. And if you're looking for some inspiration, look no further than these creative acts of giving.