#14 - Why be Charitable ???
Fancy cars and expensive clothes to fine dining and exotic vacations, there are many ways you can spend your hard earned dollars. There is nothing wrong with rewarding yourself for a job well done, but what would happen if you rewarded someone else instead?
A recent study by Harvard Business School faculty and graduate students titled “Feeling Good about Giving: The Benefits (and Costs) of Self-Interested Charitable Behaviour,” explores the ways in which charitable behavior can lead to benefits for the giver. This idea of giving to others can make you feel good about yourself is not revolutionary, but there are subtle ways that giving your money or time for a cause can benefit your psychological, spiritual and emotional well-being. Here are five reasons to donate to charity
physical and social benefits – After donating Money to a charity or non-profit organization, you may feel an inner pull to become more involved with the cause by donating your time and skill as well. By volunteering, you have the opportunity to build your social circles while reaping the physical, mental and spiritual benefits from the labour you contribute to your favourite cause.
strengthen your spiritual life – Selfless giving is a key component to many spiritual and religious belief systems. Recognising that you have taken action in line with your spiritual beliefs by offering your resources to others in need can bring a sense of inner peace and contentment. This is an excellent way to strengthen your spiritual life.
Supporting a cause keeps you informed about issues of social injustice – When people are considering donating to a charity, many people tend to research the issues connected to that organisation. As a result, you become more educated about social injustices around the world. You may discover new points of view and opinions on topics about which you were previously uninformed. This knowledge may position you to help increase the awareness of social problems among those in your sphere of influence from a balanced and educated standpoint.
improve your sense of well-being – The act of helping others can create an improved sense of well-being. Knowing that you sacrificed something such as time, finances or property in order to help others in need can give you a sense of purpose in life or work and inner satisfaction. Most individual who supports charity are very peaceful harmony life
Giving makes us feel happy – Research by Harvard Business School professor Michael I. Norton and colleagues have reported that money can’t buy you love but it can buy happiness—as long as it’s money for someone else. This happy feeling is also seen to be reflected biologically. A study in 2006 by Jorge Moll and colleagues at the National Institutes of Health found that when people give to charities, Regions of the brain which are associated with pleasure are activated, social connection, and trust creating a “warm glow” effect.
Giving is good for our health – Research has suggested that giving is an action that can improve one’s health by decreasing stress levels. a study was carried out in 2006 by Rachel Piferi of Johns Hopkins University Kathleen Lawler of the University of Tennessee, people who provided social support to others had lower blood pressure than participants who didn’t, suggesting a direct physiological benefit to those who give of themselves.
Giving promotes social connection – Giving is an act of kindness, kindness is greeted with kindness. A Study by sociologists Brent Simpson and Robb Willer, have suggested that when you give to others, your generosity is likely to be rewarded by others down the line—sometimes by the person you gave to, sometimes by someone else. Can it be any other way, when we give, the receiver feels close to you but you also feel close to them. as Robert Ingersoll stated – “We rise by lifting others”
Giving is contagious – Giving does not only help the immediate recipient of our gift, it also has a ripple effect of generosity though our community of friends and family. A study has backed up the above statement, carried out by James Fowler of the University of California, San Diego, and Nicholas Christakis of Harvard, they have agreed that a simple act of generosity, when observed by another person, has an effect that inspires the observer to do a kind act at that moment or even later on. A link between giving and the hormone Oxytocin has been found. Oxytocin is a hormone which is released during activities such as sex or breastfeeding which induces the feeling of warmth, euphoria, and connection to others. In laboratory studies, Paul Zak, the director of the Centre for Neuroeconomics Studies at Claremont Graduate University, has found that a dose of oxytocin will cause people to give more generously and to feel more empathy towards others.