The season of giving has ended and we are already three months into 2020. However, I think it is wise for us to keep in mind that the gift of giving does not have to be kept in the attic until the next holiday season. There are many reasons to give to charity throughout the year, and many benefits end up helping the giver just as much as those who receive. Studies show that there are a variety of ways in which those who give charitable donations can reap added health benefits at the same time.
Whether we are offering emotional support for loved ones, volunteering our time to assist an organization, or donating money to charity, there are more ways to enjoy the health benefits of giving than simply shopping for the perfect gift. Giving to a charity may make you feel good, and also help boost your physical health and mental well-being.
Increase your Self-esteem
Donating is a selfless act that we can all take part in on a variety of scales. One of the major positive effects of donating money to charity is simply feeling good about giving. Being able to give back to those in need helps you achieve a greater sense of personal satisfaction and growth, and it feels good to help others. This leads to a feeling of self-worth knowing that you’re offering much-needed resources to a great cause for those in need.
Boost your Mood
With positivity, self-esteem, and self-worth comes a more optimistic outlook on life. Studies show that donating your time or money to charity has been proven to have a positive impact on chemical production in the brain. These effects are similar to activities people usually associate with joy and happiness such as eating, exercising, or affectionate gestures like giving someone a hug. Keep this in mind the next time you’re having a bad day and need something uplifting to draw from. Positively impact the lives of people around you could be the boost you need to make it through a tough day.
As much joy as the holiday season brings, it also brings with it a great deal of stress. It’s no surprise that stress,depression, and anxiety can lead to a number health issues, headaches,insomnia, and high blood pressure. Giving or serving those in need is a great way to reduce stress in your own life. With the simple act of charitable giving, not only are you assisting the world as a whole, but you receive the added benefit of a more relaxed mentality. As an added bonus, some studies show that people tend to live longer when they share altruistic personality traits such as giving and being unselfish.
Improving the World
I think everyone can agree that they would like to make the world a better place. One person’s charitable giving can help the greater good of humanity, positively impacting more people than a giver may ever comprehend their donation could reach. Charitable communities help foster a happier and healthier world by improving the quality of life for those around us as a whole. And that improvement spreads beyond just the people directly involved.
Make a Difference
The gift of giving always comes full circle.Giving is receiving and generosity is contagious. So, remember the positive benefits on your health that donating to charity can bring about, as well as the positive change you can help bring about around the world. Why not start now? Get involved and join a cause that you believe in.
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