When Francis Assisi stated that it is in giving that we receive, he was definitely not mincing words. It is generally accepted belief that receivers are the ones that benefit from an act of giving. But this is not completely true, according to latest researches conducted by Jorge Moll, the President-Director of the governing board of the D’Or Institute for Research and Education. Follow Jorge Moll on Linkedin.
The study revealed that giving positively affects the health and happiness of the giver as well as the community as a whole. From donating to a charitable cause to volunteering your time, Jorge Moll has revealed that every act of giving is beneficial to the giver and the community in the following ways;
- It makes the giver feel happy:
In 2006, Jorge Moll and a few of his colleagues at National Institute of Health conducted a research examining the effect on participants between giving money to charity or keeping it for themselves. It was discovered that when participants thought about giving money to charity it activated a primitive region in the brain that lights up in response to pleasure, trust, and social connection. They believed that act of kindness that involves tremendous sacrifice releases endorphin in the brain, which gives some form of high.
- It improves the giver’s health:
In 1999, a study revealed that elderly people, regardless of age, general health, exercise etc., were 44% less likely to die during a five-year period, if they volunteered for two or more organizations. It has been discovered that offering practical help reduces the risk of death in a five-year period for elderly people. Watch this video on youtube.com.
- It encourages promotion and social cooperation:
It has been discovered that when people give, their generosity will get rewarded by other people as time progresses. The rewarder could be someone you helped or someone completely different. This action helps to improve trust and cooperation in a community, strengthening ties. An improved social interaction is integral to good physical and mental health.
- It evokes gratitude:
Whether you are the receiver or giver, giving evokes the feeling of gratitude. The act could be a means to express gratitude or to instill it. Gratitude, in turn, plays a key role in social bonds, happiness, and health. The simple act of counting blessings is known to cause individuals to be more optimistic about life.
- Giving is contagious:
When people give, they do not just positively affect the giver’s life, they create a kind of domino or ripple effect. It has been discovered that when one person gives, it inspires onlookers or observers to do same at a later date.