Why Giving Is Good For Your Health: The Science Behind It
By: Milton, Chiara
Published On: June 29, 2021
Donating is a selfless act. Whether you donate to help somebody with their medical treatments, people in need of food or helping animals in need, giving can include absolutely anything. Something as simple as sharing food or unused clothes with someone in need, makes a lot of difference to the other person.
With the rise of crowdfunding platforms in India, donors are coming forward to help people in need and thus are learning the art of giving. here.
Do you know that research has proved that giving is associated with health benefits?
If you have not considered donating till now, you will most likely change your mind while reading this
So here’s how your donations are making you healthier:
- Helps in beating stress:
A survey was conducted on over 10,000 Indians by The Center of Healing (TCOH) to find out how people have been coping with stress and anxiety. Data showed that around 74% were suffering from stress and 88% from anxiety. (Source: Indian Express)
Giving has been proven to reduce stress which in turn normalizes blood pressure and sugar levels. Many people have revealed that they felt happier since they started donating to charity and their stress levels also reduced.
- Giving makes you feel happy:
Giving has been associated with releasing ‘feel good’ chemicals in our brain such as endorphins (a feeling of euphoria), dopamine (a feel good hormone) and oxytocin (a feeling of inner peace and compassion). There is a reason why you feel excited when you plan to give a gift to somebody or the feeling of happiness after taking part in a volunteering activity.
Research has proved that participants who donated money reported higher levels of happiness compared to those who only spent money on themselves. (Source: Psychology Today)
You can start an online fundraiser for someone who is in need of help. You could help somebody who needs funds for medical treatments or education expenses or for a social cause. It will take only 5 minutes to get started with the process.
- Giving can help you live longer:
Giving has been linked with reduced risk of an early death. Health benefits of giving resulted in lower stress levels, enhanced sleep, reduced blood pressure, greater happiness and satisfaction and increased self-esteem.
Research proved that people who donate, reduced their mortality as compared to people who provided no help to others. (Source: HuffPost)
It’s important to understand that giving should be done wholeheartedly and should be practiced until it becomes second nature. Health benefits are indeed evident but there has to be a willingness to donate, a feeling of empathy towards the other person.
If you want to be of help to someone in need, you could always donate to a fundraiser. You could donate to any cause which is dear to you on this page.
Did you know that there are ways to help somebody in a non-financial way? Here are some Non-Financial Ways To Help People During These Unprecedented Times(impactguru.com)