You know how it is, you mean to make a donation to your local charity or bag up some canned goods for the food drive or help out at the community center, but life and work always interrupt you. Did you know that if you did any of these three things, it would do wonders for your spirit?
During this time of year many charities have end of year giving campaigns, coat drives, food drives, you name it…the needs are great, but the supply is limited and they rely on the generosity of the public to help. As the saying goes, “it’s better to give than to receive,” studies have shown this statement to be true. Regardless of the format of giving, whether it’s monetary, providing goods or volunteering, something stirs up on the inside when we give. Here are some of the effects of giving:
- Unites us together as a people (reminding us that we are not alone)
- Lifts your mood
- Relieve insomnia
- Boost your energy
- Brings joy and fulfillment
- Restores hope to humankind
- Heighten sense of well-being
There are countless rewards to acts of giving, many we’ll never see, like knowing that one gently used coat was the answer to a desperate prayer in the frigid cold. Or the warm hug from a volunteer that a baby found abandoned feels. Or the meal that a hungry family gets to eat because someone shared the extra food from their pantry.
Although your schedule can fill up quickly, check and see if there’s a little space in your day/week/month where you can offer your form of generosity. When you give you change lives… try it and see how it’ll change yours.
Casually Speaking and all the best,
Sources: Internetseer and Allan Luks, author of The Healing Power of Doing Good (describes many scientifically documented accounts of people gaining physical, mental and emotional benefits from doing good).