What if we told you that giving to your favorite charity could be considered selfish? Stick with us here…
Charitable donations have positive effects in every area of the world. From feeding the hungry to saving an animal shelter, there are plenty of ways this kind of generosity has made a difference. But the biggest improvement we have seen is within ourselves.
As Anne Frank once said, “No one has ever become poor by giving.”
Over the years, countless studies have shown that those who give rather than receive experience a much happier and fulfilling life. One of these experiments was conducted by social psychologist Liz Dunn who gave University of British Columbia students envelopes filled with cash. These students could choose whether they spent the money on themselves or on a loved one. Dunn’s results showed that those who gifted the money were considerably happier than the students who kept the money for themselves.
As humans, we were made to be social, nurturing beings. By volunteering and donating to our favorite charities, we are exercising this need to feel loved and appreciated.
Mark Snyder, head of the Center for the Study of the Individual and Society at the University of Minnesota, says that “People who volunteer tend to have higher self-esteem, psychological well-being, and happiness.”
So why don’t people give? Well, one of the problems Americans have with donating is that they don’t understand what’s in it for them.
So, whether you’re struggling to make ends meet or you’re the CEO of a major company, we could all benefit from donating our time and money to charity. Not only will we look better in social circles, we’ll feel better knowing that we’re changing lives.