“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.

Support aGoodCause today; you will always be grateful you did.

Author: Sally Stocker

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