5 Reasons to Give to Charity

GIVING TO CHARITY MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD

Donating to charity is a major mood-booster. The knowledge that you’re helping others is hugely empowering and, in turn, can make you feel happier and more fulfilled. Research has identified a link between making a donation to charity and increased activity in the area of the brain that registers pleasure – proving that as the old adage goes, it really is far better to give than to receive.

GIVING TO CHARITY STRENGTHENS PERSONAL VALUES

A feeling of social conscience is the most widely-given reason to give to charity. Whatever type of charity work people supported, they said they felt they had a moral duty to use what they had to help others, a sentiment very much rooted in their personal values and principles.

GIVING IS MORE IMPACTFUL THAN EVER

Many people are concerned that their donations to charity may be reduced by tax or administrative costs, preventing the full amount from reaching the people or causes they really want to help. Thankfully there are ways to make the most of every donation to charity.

GIVING TO CHARITY INTRODUCES YOUR CHILDREN TO THE IMPORTANCE OF GENEROSITY

Sharing the experience of donating to charity with your children shows them from a young age that they can make positive changes in the world. Children naturally love to help others, so nurturing their innate generosity is likely to mean that they grow up with a greater appreciation of what they have.

GIVING TO CHARITY ENCOURAGES FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO DO THE SAME

Your own charitable donations can inspire your nearest and dearest to give to causes important to them, and could even bring about a family-wide effort to back a charity or charities that have special significance to you as a group. Family giving creates a bond, helping to bolster relationships through a shared goal and raising more money than could otherwise be possible through individual donations. Chances are, many of your family members are already giving to charity, so working together could help you to make even more of a positive impact.

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