Have you ever wondered about giving to charities? And how you would feel about doing so?
And did you realize that charitable giving is another way to live in better health and vibrancy? Now that is a lovely way to be, yes?
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There’s a great deal of beauty in the world. From the simple acts of kindness, love and sacrifice that bit by bit, little by little, make the world a better place.
To something as soul satisfying as a gorgeous sunrise, there’s a great deal to love about this planet that we all share.
Unfortunately, there’s also a lot wrong with it too… And most of it is attributable to our fellow humans. War, poverty, pollution, famine, habitat loss, disease, exploitation of vulnerable groups…
None of it is going to go away of its own accord. Fortunately, those privileged few of us in the developed world have the power to help combat these issues.
We can do this by bonding together through charitable giving. By working together, our small donations can all add up to make a big difference.
Nonetheless, in a post-recession age, many of us still endure more financial challenges than ever before and so may not be quite so quick to join the legions of generous donors.
Many of us are working harder and for longer hours than ever and many (especially the younger generation) are spending up to three times more on accommodation costs than our grandparents.
Although it may be difficult there are some wonderful and entirely unexpected benefits of giving to charity…
And did you know about micro credit giving? Or micro charity? It means that you can give small amounts towards your favorite charity without it being a huge hit to your wallet. Many places are happy to get even ten dollars!
It improves your health
Feeling powerless in the face of the world’s problems can leave us feeling anxious, stressed and irritated.
Charitable giving, on the other hand, is medically proven to reduce our stress levels and improve our general health.
In an age where it seems like we have to little money and time, hoarding both can actually negatively impact your quality of life.
Giving of these two commodities, however, actually reduces stress. This is because we have evolved to feel gratification when we do something to benefit the planet or our survival as a species.
And how many of us would just be so thrilled to know that we could indeed help others in such simple ways?
When we do something altruistic like giving to charity, we get an influx of dopamine, endorphins and oxytocin.
This feel good fix can make us feel great and even help us live longer. Your blood pressure will even out, and there’s even evidence to suggest that your cells will replicate at a higher rate ensuring that you live longer.
It improves your immune system
Okay, so smoking like a chimney and drinking heavily won’t be mitigated by donating to charity, but there’s evidence to suggest that not only does giving to charity benefit your overall health, it improves your immune system.
And helps you to keep hideous diseases like cancer at bay (even if you aren’t donating to a cancer relief society).
Oxytocin levels play a part in a range of bodily functions including immune function. Thus, the Oxytocin boost can help to kick start our immune function.
Giving can actually make you richer
Not only are there significant tax incentives to charitable giving offered by most countries, giving to charity can even improve your personal wealth.
Charitable giving stimulates parts of the brain that can make you more confident and assertive at work and in your personal life, increasing your chances of success and promotion at work, leading to more pay and prestige.
Charitable giving has so many different levels to it, doesn’t it? And as people we are instinctively wanting to help others. So in the act of doing so we know we are making the world a bit better, more loving more kind.
And the amazing part of giving is that we are also then giving to ourselves in ways that make us so much more healthy. Talk about incentive to help others, yes?
So in charitable giving, we raise our immune system, lift our oxytocin levels and just feel over all pretty fantastic. That seems to be a win -win yes?
Now knowing that we can also give in amounts that are much easier to consider, do you think you will give more and more often?
How does this article impact the way you think about giving ? Will you consider it as an option in your life?
Have you given before to charities and experienced this sense of over all vibrancy and health?
Do share how you see our role in charitable giving and its benefits to both the giver and the receiver. After all, isn’t there such a gift in both ways?
Living our lives with purpose, love and joy…each heart-centric moment, is truly the best!
In peace and gratitude,