Giving Is Good for the Giver…
1. Giving is a Grateful Response to God
Gratitude for the blessings God has given us is for many Christians the number one reason to give. It helps satisfy our built-in desire to say thank you.
2. Giving Adds Meaning to Life
Do you recognize that giving has played a huge part in the person that you are today? Giving is often like a boomerang, you may throw it really far, but in time it comes back to you.
3. People Like to Help People
Churches like Zion with generous members say strongly and often, “Our church is helping people; thanks for helping make that possible.”
4. Giving Money is a Spiritual Response to God’s Gift of Salvation
We love because Christ first loved us. Although a few may give without loving, you cannot love without giving.
5. Giving Makes us Feel Happy
A 2008 study by Harvard Business School found that giving money to someone else lifted the participants’ happiness more than spending it on themselves (despite their prediction of the opposite).
6. Giving is Good for our Health
A 1999 study at the University of California, Berkeley, found that elderly people who volunteered for 2 or more organizations were 44% less likely to die over a 5 year period than were non-volunteers, even controlling for age, exercise, general health and negative health habits like smoking.
7. Giving Promotes Cooperation and Social Connection
Several studies, including one by sociologists Brent Simpson and Robb Willer have concluded that when you give to others, your generosity is likely to be rewarded by others down the line – sometimes by the person you gave to, sometimes by someone else. These positive social interactions are central to good mental and physical health.
8. Giving Evokes Gratitude
Barbara Fredrickson, in her book Positivity writes, “When you express your gratitude in words or actions, you not only boost your own positivity but other people’s as well. And in the process you reinforce their kindness and strengthen your bond to one another.”
9. Giving is Contagious
When we give we spur a ripple effect of generosity throughout our community. Giving has been linked to the release of oxytocin, a hormone that induces feelings of warmth, euphoria and connection to others.
So whether you buy gifts, volunteer your time or donate money to charity – it is not a chore. It helps build stronger social connections and may jump-start generosity throughout Buffalo. And don’t be surprised if you get a whole lot of happiness as a result.