One of the recommended ways to boost mental health is to give to the less fortunate. Yes, you heard it right. This sounds like great news as people suffer from mental health issues caused by the pandemic.
For some people, differentiating giving from volunteering is to try to pull out the red and the green from yellow. But to put it simply, when one donates, that person is giving money or goods for a good cause.
Giving and Its Surprise Benefits
1 . Leads to a Longer Life
According to a study by the University of Michigan, older people who give to others reduce their risk of dying by nearly 60 percent compared to peers who provide neither practical help nor emotional support to relatives, neighbors, or friends.
From: <People who give, live longer: U-M study shows>
2. Triggers Happy Hormones and Reduces Stress
Remember the feeling of excitement when you gave a gift to someone? That’s the warm glow that giving creates. A part of your brain that’s linked to pleasure is triggered and produces hormones like dopamine (a feel-good chemical), and oxytocin (a compassion and bonding chemical), and serotonin (a mood-mediating chemical).
3. An Epiphany
When we give and help others, this act keeps depression at bay. Not only that, but it also improves our dignity and morale. Giving provides us that sense of purpose and epiphany one after another that we are all connected and must stand by our fellowmen. With this, the impact on the community will be great, even greater than the spread of any disease. So, let’s be super-spreaders of the goodwill of giving!