Donating time and money to charities and causes you believe in, not only benefits the charities but can be deeply rewarding for you too. So, why is giving satisfying? Let us take a closer look at the 5 reasons.

#1 You feel happiness

The joy you feel when you share your blessings with someone else is amazing. A 2008 study by Harvard Business School found that giving money to someone else rather than spending on yourself lifts your happiness levels. So, once in a while rather than buy something for yourself, try donating it to someone who needs it and see how it makes you feel.

#2 Gives your self-esteem a boost

When you know that the money you give creates lasting change in lives of people, you feel as though your life has meaning too. It is true that sometimes people born in a particular place, regardless of how hard they work, struggle with life. Not because they want much, but because of the nature of the country they live in. Knowing that your contribution will help someone in need, will definitely help you feel better.

#3 You learn to look at the world with positivity

Let’s be honest – everyone faces problems in their lives. Sometimes we get caught up in our own life too much that we forget to count our blessings. Lending a hand to the less fortunate, helps you think beyond your problems. Every act of generosity fills your heart with positive vibes that can last for a long time. Over time, positivity can become your way of life.

#4 It will make you feel thankful

The number of homeless people is currently on the rise. When you give, it makes you feel grateful for what you have in your life – a cozy home, loving family and friends and food to eat. You get a sense of fulfillment because you are doing something more than just thinking about yourself.

#5 It will make others pay it forward and keep the cycle going

Giving is a generous act that can impact not only the giver but the receiver too. This is so true when it comes to helping someone get an education (especially from the lower socioeconomic background). Your small contribution can change someone’s life for generations to come. They too want to keep the cycle going and what a beautiful thing to change the world, one person at a time.

Sometimes, your act of giving can be as simple as taking care of your family and yourself. So, what is your way of giving?