The Joy of GivingHow charitable giving makes us happier and healthier.
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The Joy of Giving
What often stops us from fulfilling our philanthropic resolutions is feeling like we can’t give enough. “Since I can only give a little, I’ll only be doing a little,” we think to ourselves. “Other people can give more, so they’re going to help more.”
Not only does giving money and time help others, it also makes us feel good. Mentally AND physically.
Numerous studies helped coin a phenomenon called “helper’s high.” Different forms of selflessness, especially altruism and charity, actually release endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine into the brain, very much like the ones released during exercise. When participants of such studies spent money on others, rather than themselves, they reported feeling happier, even though they believed the opposite effect would occur.
Although we’ve been led to believe we, as people, are selfish, science shows us that we operate at higher levels when we give.
It’s this type of pay-it-forward attitude that drives us all at DollarFund. We aim to make donating to charities as accessible and affordable as possible. As we always say, your social network is far more valuable than what’s in your bank account. Connecting the world through millions of one dollar donations has never been easier, or more dire. In this new year, we have the opportunity to spread kindness like it’s never been spread before. We want you to be a part of the movement, and come along for the ride 2018 has in store. Make this year the one when you keep your most generous resolution.
From all of us at DollarFund, Happy New Year!