From a very young age, we are often taught the importance of sharing our possessions with others. And as we get older, we often share our time and possessions less. There is a direct correlation between giving to others and receiving positive benefits for our own well-being. In today’s blog, I’ve gathered the four main reasons why giving is good for the soul. Read more below:
- Giving is Good for your Body – Stress is the underlying factor of many health issues such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and obesity. When we give to other people, our bodies release serotonin which makes us feel good and is linked to living healthier lives. Making Impact on others while also helping yourself to be healthier is one of the many reasons why giving is good for your soul.
- Giving Helps Improve your Mental Health – In the same way that giving promotes social connection, it can also do wonders for your own mental health. Giving to others activates the parts of the brain that are related to pleasure, trust, and relationships. This act secretes important feel-good chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin, which are linked to fewer instances of depression and anxiety.
- Giving Promotes Social Connection – As children, we were taught that sharing is caring. Giving to others Makes Impact by bringing you closer to your community. If you are giving your time to other people, it will be appreciated by those receiving the gift and strong bonds of friendship will develop between you. During these challenging times, it’s more important than ever to feel connected to those around us, so let’s take the time to make the best social connections that we can.
- Giving Improves Your Self-Esteem – When you do good for other people, this has a direct impact on how you perceive yourself. Research has shown that acts of altruism can lead to a feeling of happiness within yourself. Helping others is also good for the world, so get out there and do something positive for someone else. I promise you will notice a difference in yourself afterward.
What are some additional ways that you can improve your own well-being by giving? Share with us in the comments below, then download one of our inspiring graphics to share with your fellow Changers in your community.