4 Ways Supporting a Charity Will Change Your Life For The Better

4 Ways Supporting a Charity can change your life

No one wants to be told what to care about. You want to find something that resonates with you. Right?

We all like to believe we are doing our part to make the world a better place. And we easily can, whether you are one to save an ant from drowning in a teacup or the type of person who gives a homeless person on the street a few dollars in change. The fact is, we can all play our part no matter how big or small the gesture may be. 

There are many great causes and charities to support if you jump on Google and begin the search. Social media has made it possible for nonprofits to share positive outcomes in real-time.

You often hear charity volunteers and supporters talk about the impact the organisation has on the world and the positive impact being involved has had directly on their lives. 

Get ready to find out how giving back can help to change your life for the better.

Why Giving Makes You Happy

1. Giving Makes Us Happy!

Many studies support the notion that we get more from giving than receiving as humans, so it is not just a line your parents used to encourage sharing. It goes much deeper than you may think.

In a recent study Harvard Professor, Michael Norton questioned 632 Americans about their income level and what they chose to spend their money on. They were then asked to rate their own happiness.

Norton and his colleagues found that subjects who spent money on others were emphatically happier than those who spent more on themselves regardless of income.

Generosity and Human Survival

2. Generosity is The Secret to Human Survival

Did you know scientists believe that generosity is an instinct we are born with? A survival instinct that has proven to protect life as we know it. This may sound dramatic, but we would likely have become extinct long ago if all humans were instinctually selfish. 

According to the Greater Good Science Center:

“Species as diverse as bees, birds, vampire bats, rats, and chimpanzees all exhibit forms of generosity, or what can be broadly described as “prosocial behaviour”—acts that benefit others. The broad occurrence of generosity across species suggests that generosity may be an evolutionary adaptation that has helped promote the survival of these species—and our own.”

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The basic acts of sharing food or shelter with others in need could all be due to humans natural instincts driven by a want for the species to survive. 

There is no doubt that children roleplay and mimic the behaviours they see around them. When parents and extended family perform acts of generosity, we know this strongly influences the type of giver their children may become. So being a conscious giver will directly impact the children around you as well as those in need.

Make your time matter and donate

3. Make Your Time Matter

No one likes to talk about mortality, but it is a topic that often comes to mind when thinking about how we spend our time on this earth. The average human will live about 4,000 weeks, which is a little confronting for all of us!

One can’t help but think about time management and productivity. We are consumed with technology that helps us get everything done a little faster, a little more conveniently. Now we can do even more with our time, but what are we doing with all this extra time? What meaning can we find in all this productivity? 

When you are giving to a charity or cause you believe in, you are lucky enough to know your time is being spent well. 

What Giving Can Include:
  • Sharing your cause or charity on social media
  • Liking your charity’s posts
  • Donating money or goods
  • Volunteering
  • Talking to your friends, family or even strangers about the cause

If you can make time in your productivity schedule to give back and focus on others, you will find yourself readjusting your priorities. You may also slow down to appreciate the wonderful things you have. It may help you to balance your 4,000 weeks to be a little more meaningful.

Ignoring Your Compassion Can Cause Mental Health Issues

4. Ignoring Your Compassion Can Cause Mental Health Issues

A recent study by the University of Coimbra was based on how attitudes towards compassion impacted people’s wellbeing during the pandemic. 4,000 people from 21 countries participated in the study completed in Spring of 2020. The online survey asked participants to describe their beliefs about compassion, their psychological state and the strength of their social connections.

According to the Greater Good Magazine, Berkeley:

“When the team analyzed the survey responses, they found that participants who expressed a fear of showing compassion for themselves or others were likely to feel more depressed, anxious, and stressed out during the pandemic. Compassion fears also seemed to magnify the danger people felt from COVID-19: While the threat of the virus brought on some psychological distress, this distress was worse in those who feared showing or receiving compassion.”

In Conclusion

Supporting a charity, small or big, can truly change your life for the better. By helping others you can really help yourself. So why not start sharing one post a day about a cause you believe in?