“Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others” – Booker T. Washington
“It is in giving that we receive” – St. Francis of Assisi
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give” – unknown
“It is better to give than to receive” – Proverb
Quotes and proverbs on the subject of charitable giving abound. Undoubtedly, there are many good reasons to give to others. Charitable giving can provide basic needs—like food and shelter—to people experiencing difficult times. You could also enrich the lives of others through the provision of arts, family services, or animal protection. While the most important purpose of giving is to benefit the recipient, you may be rewarded mentally, physically, and even financially.
Giving people are happier people.
Acts of kindness produce pleasure and enjoyment—it feels good to help an individual, organization, or cause. Research has found that giving money to charity creates the same activity in our brains as receiving gifts.
Generosity has many protective health benefits.
Giving your time and resources can help you feel healthier. Studies show that volunteering can reduce stress levels and chronic pain, and it’s associated with a longer life expectancy. Just thinking about being generous produces important actions in our bodies that help protect against sicknesses. In doing good, people report greater physical wellness.
Healthier people have fewer medical costs.
A benefit of reduced stress is a stronger immune system and less exposure to chronic disease, which may save you money on health care costs. When people feel healthy, they also miss fewer days in their jobs and are more productive in their work.
Be smart about being generous.
Give from both the heart and the brain! If you value charitable giving, make it a part of your personal financial planning by:
- Including your significant other, or anyone with whom you share a budget, on any decisions to donate money.
- Communicating your desires and goals with your children so they also learn the importance of giving to others.
- Reviewing organizations to make sure they use your funds responsibly and in a way that reflects your values. Both GuideStar and Charity Watch are good resources to check your charity of interest.
Charitable giving has positive effects on mental health, physical well-being, and even personal finances. Good deeds really do bless the recipient and giver.