Research suggests that giving has multiple benefits, for both the recipient and the giver.
Giving makes you happy. A Harvard Business School study found that giving money to someone else lifted participants’ happiness more that spending it on themselves.
A similar study conducted at the National Institute of Health found that when people give to charities, it activates regions of the brain associated with pleasure, creating a “warm glow” effect. Scientists also believe that altruistic behavior releases endorphins in the brain, producing the positive feeling known as the “helper’s high.”
Giving is good for your health. Significant research has linked generosity to better health, even among the sick and elderly. Studies have shown that one reason giving may improve physical health and longevity is that it helps decrease stress, which is associated with a variety of health problems.
Giving leads to social connection. Several studies have shown that when you give to others, your generosity is likely to be rewarded by others down the line—sometimes by the person you gave to, sometimes by someone else.
At Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity, we rely on your support to do our work to help deserving families Gwinnett County have a decent place to live. Take Milian’s and Lian’s family. In 2014, then nine-year-old Milian and twelve-year-old Lian were living with their aunt because there was not space in the apartment with their parents and baby brother. Later that year, Milian and Lian were reunited with their family when their parents purchased a Habitat home. We are grateful to YOU for helping to make this homeownership a reality.
If you want to say Yes to helping deserving families in Gwinnett County have a decent place to live, AND you also want to get a 2015 tax deduction, now is the time! Make a tax-deductible donation today and you can change lives.