“A man’s true wealth is the good he does in this world.” -Kahil Gibrán
Time Magazine wrote an article based on a study done at the University of Zurich in Switzerland where 50 people were told they would be receiving $100 over a few weeks. Half of those people were asked to spend it on someone they knew, and the other half was told to spend it on themselves. [http://time.com/4857777/generosity-happiness-brain/]
The researchers monitored three regions of the brain associated with social behavior, generosity, happiness, and decision-making. Turns out that the people who spent the money on someone else had more interaction between the parts of the brain associated with altruism and happiness and reported higher levels of happiness after the experiment was over.
There were more positive side effects that were correlated with donating, such as lowering blood pressure and increasing life expectancy. There are many more studies out there that say nearly the same thing: giving to others allows the giver to feel positive emotions, therefore becoming happier.
Other than feeling good about yourself, there are many other advantages of supporting a good cause.
Author: Sally Stocker
Sally Stocker has spent many years working in both the corporate and university worlds. She has worked as a writer, teacher, marketer, designer, editor, tailor, and all-around-helper. Sally’s favorite compliment ever received is “omnicompetent” – so named by a university professor.
Sally owns and runs a marketing business, Dandelion Drifts, works as a cashier at a local retail store (which she honestly loves), and is currently working on a masters degree in social work (because why not?). Sally enjoys working with and helping other people and has worked or volunteered with such organizations as A Good Cause, Utah Public Radio, Cache Refugee and Immigrant Connection, and the Cache Valley Civic Ballet.
She is detail-oriented, organized, a self-professed grammar nerd, and will fight you over the proper use of the Oxford (serial) comma.
You can learn more about Sally by visiting https://sallystocker.com or https://dandeliondrifts.com.