5 Stunning Reasons Why Giving to Charity is Life-Changing
There’s a bit of a dichotomy to this one. Giving to charity, or being a charitably generous individual, is as many would agree, a selfless act. You are either giving your time or your money (or both) for the benefit of others. Good on you! But have you ever noticed that feeling you get when you give a homeless person a dollar or help an elderly lady cross the street? That one that makes you feel all warm, fuzzy and proud of yourself on the inside? Yea, that one.
That’s there because helping others naturally makes us feel better about ourselves as human beings. Yes, therefore making it a bit of a selfish action, but that’s ok! We feel like we’re making a difference in the world, that we’re good people, and of course… this makes us feel amazing about ourselves. It’s giving us a sense of worth which in turn boosts our self-esteem.
It’s actually proven because people who gave to charity were 43% more likely to report that they were “very happy” than those who didn’t give to charity in a Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey. So, next time you’re feeling down, go help someone else.
2. Increase happiness, decrease depression rates.
Adding to the last point, improving your self-esteem and self-worth ultimately increase your overall happiness and satisfaction in life. These acts of kindness that we perform have an extremely positive impact on our brain. It impacts it in the same way as when you finally beat that video game level you’ve been struggling with for the past 3 hours or get a massive promotion at work. Only difference is that it’s a productive and inspiring contribution to the world.
The part of your brain that is responsible for associating certain activities with happiness, joy and positivity is the same one that is essentially throwing a party every time you give to charity. Done consistently enough, these chemical reactions can lead to an ongoing pattern of improved mental health and well-being.
3. You’ll live longer. . . literally.
With all of these happy and giddy feelings floating around, you might be saying to yourself something like, “yea that’s good and all, but how is this going to be sustainable and good for me when I’m not involved in this kinda stuff?” Well, the good news is it is sustainable and there are benefits even when you’re not “involved in this kinda stuff.” The more that you help others and teach your brain this good feeling that is associated with it, the more natural that it becomes.
Eventually, this will just be the way that you feel the majority of the time simply because you’re so used to it. Having this constant stimulation, while of course maintaining a healthy dose of reality, causes your life to change for the better and ultimately reduce stress.
As many are well aware of, stress can age a person very quickly both mentally and physically. Hence, the more that you are able to minimize it in your day to day operations, the longer you live. It really is that simple. Don’t believe me? Go look up some fancy medical journals/studies and you’ll see the proof.
4. Higher sense of purpose in life.
Happiness, positivity, boost in confidence, longer life expectancy, it’s all fantastic and it’s all backed by science and proven over the years. The real kicker though, and perhaps the real driver of all of those added benefits, is that giving back gives you a higher sense of purpose in life.
That feeling of happiness and a boost in your self-esteem sure do make you feel good about yourself, but at the end of the day you know that you are making the world a better place. You might not be curing cancer or figuring out the next best way to travel through space, but you are making a difference in the life of another person. As small as that might seem, it’s a very powerful thing. It gives us meaning and purpose.
5. Positive difference in the community.
In the grand scheme of things, you are ultimately giving to others. That’s the whole point of charity and donations. Keep that in mind and know that you are making a difference in the world and impacting the community in a positive way.
If you are donating to an organization that supports the homeless, you are enabling other people to have a meal when they are hungry, a bed when they are tired, a shelter when they don’t have one. When you donate to an organization that provides less fortunate children with mentors, you are giving them hope, opportunity, and a chance to be inspired and grow up to be the next best generation of individuals contributing to the betterment of our community.
Your contributions are necessary and do make an impact on the lives of others. Make the world a better place.
A THANK YOU TO OUR CUSTOMERS.
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We are just people who decided to change the world one meaningful product at a time. It all started with the idea that by giving back to our community, we are able to transform lives. We see the bigger picture, but it’s not possible without the small aspects.
Our goal is to transform communities by supporting local charities through original, meaningful products designed to create and inspire good in the world. We aspire to inspire others around us and your generous donations and continued support will help to do just that.
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