The Secret of Successful Giving
Around this time of the year many people are giving, whether it is to friends, family, churches or charities. Thousands of MRI tests have been done as well as other tests including fMRI neuroimaging tests and this has led researchers to determine that being generous and giving improves your level of happiness.
The philanthropy of giving and being generous comes with many benefits. Lower stress levels is one benefit that comes from being generous. This is a big deal because stress is a known risk factor for many chronic diseases. Another benefit that comes with this is the good it does on the brain. When we are generous, the brain releases several chemicals that give us the sense of joy and happiness. If you have ever done something nice for someone else, then you truly know that it is better to give than it is to receive. Not because of the benefits it has on our body or mind, but because of the power it has on our heart.
The key benefit to giving is that it changes your focus. You get to step back from your personal situation and enjoy being able to help. You also have to put into consideration that the opposite very well could happen. Giving can make you feel depleted and taken advantage of depending on the circumstances. If you want to be a successful giver, then the first step should be giving from your heart. Second is giving part of yourself selflessly. Once you do this, the rest will come easily.
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill. So if you are looking to ¨raise¨ yourself, consider giving to others. Volunteer, pay for someone’s meal, offer someone words of encouragement, whatever it is, make sure that you are doing it from the bottom of your heart.