Many people and families across the world have lost their livelihood and comfort through political conflicts and disputes and fallen into a cycle of poverty. The most vulnerable are mothers and children who have become trapped into these cycles by no device of their making. Such people are in much need of hope if they are ever to break out of these poverty cycles. One way to help them is through giving to charities that offer relief to these communities in their own special way, whether it is providing necessities such as clean water and food, or access to education.
Giving Builds Your Character
Giving to charity helps build your character, as well as your self-worth and self-esteem. Giving to charity is a selfless act that helps you achieve a deep sense of growth and satisfaction through alleviating the suffering of the less fortunate.
Regularly giving to charity and causes someone believes builds commitment on the part of the giver and inadvertently makes you a responsible person. People who give to charity have a deep sense of responsibility to others and generally lead more rewarding lives.
Giving Improves Your Mental Health
In addition to building your character, and improving your sense of self-worth and self-esteem, donating to charity tremendously improves your mental health and lowers your levels of depression through the psychology of generosity.
Various studies have revealed that giving to charity positively impacts the brain, and fills the giver with a deep sense of gratitude and happiness. Researchers have likened this phenomenon to giving someone you love a hug when you are experiencing a bad day. Making a difference in another person’s life strengthens your state of mind and makes you less liable to feelings of depression.
Many people fall into depression due to a feeling of meaninglessness in their lives. The way to find meaning in your life is by being of service to others. When you are constantly involved in helping others, you are less likely to experience feelings of inadequacy or meaninglessness in your life.
It has been scientifically proven the giving to charity makes a person happier. In a study conducted in 2007 by Burghart, Harbaugh, and Mayr participants were offered $100 to spend on either a local food bank or themselves and their neural activity was recorded. Results from their neural activities revealed that participants who donated to the food bank had activities in their brain that are similar to receiving reward and pleasure. These results suggest that giving to charity is inherently pleasing, satisfying, and rewarding.
Imparting Generosity Among Your Children and Loved Ones
It has long been said that actions speak louder than words. Sharing your acts of generosity with your loved ones or children through giving to charity is a great way to teach them the importance of caring for each other, which is an essential lesson in life.
It is essential that we impart generosity to our children and loved ones by teaching them the importance of giving through our own actions. It is important that our children understand how fortunate they are, and of the unfortunate circumstances that children in some parts of the world experience, who wish to drink clean water, have a hearty home-made meal, and generally be in their shoes.