Whether it’s our money or our time, donating to local charities is great for the communities we live and work in.
Studies also show that giving to charities promotes physical health and mental wellbeing (not to mention being tax deductible!).
Here are five ways that giving is good for you:
It makes you happy
Known as the , research shows that giving to charities activates the pleasure centres of the brain. This makes us feel happy, which in turn, makes us give more and so the cycle of giving and happiness continues. Couldn’t we all use a little more guilt-free happiness in our lives?
It makes you healthy
It makes you grateful
It promotes generosity
Giving sets to friends, family and co-workers, creating a never-ending circle of giving. The old cliché ‘what goes around comes around’ is a cliché for a reason. Create a circle of giving around you and everyone benefits.
It gives more meaning to life
Donating to charity, just like investing in socially responsible funds allows you to define and support the causes that inspire and move you. You can have a real effect on these causes, and through this add to your life, strengthening your views and beliefs through action.