SCIENCE PROVES IT: GIVING MAKES YOU HAPPY AND HEALTHY!
August 30th, 2016
Research shows that charitable giving makes you feel happy and optimistic. What’s more, acting generously even helps you live longer! Plus, when you give, others will too.
5 Ways Giving to the David Lawrence Center is Good for YOU
- Giving to David Lawrence Center will make you feel happy. A recent study found that giving money to someone else boosted participants’ happiness more than spending it on themselves. Feeling happy from giving is rooted in your biology – it’s literally who you are. When you give to a charity, it activates the part of your brain associated with pleasure, social connection and trust, creating a “warm glow” effect. Scientists believe that altruistic behavior releases endorphins in your brain producing a positive feeling known as the “helper’s high.”
- Helping us reach children like Justin will make YOU feel great. As a child, he struggled to make friends. In third grade, Justin had explosive blow-ups in school and in middle school, he chronically self-injured and said he wanted to die. Justin’s new life started when he came to David Lawrence Center. His treatment team, including a psychiatrist and specially trained therapist who worked with him at home, provided Justin with the best tools, methods and support. Today, Justin is a lacrosse player and proud member of a band, with friends who see him for the great person he is.
- Donating to David Lawrence Center is good for your health. Extensive research links generosity to better health. Elderly couples who provided help to friends, relatives or neighbors or gave emotional support to their spouse, had a lower risk of dying over a five-year period than those who didn’t. Another study found that people who gave social support to others had lower blood pressure than participants who didn’t.
- Helping us give young people like Tanya a new future will make YOU happy. From earliest childhood, she felt “hopeless” and like she was “losing her mind.” Tanya dropped out of high school and became a single mother. Overwhelmed, she attempted suicide. When antidepressants didn’t help, Tanya supplemented them with drugs and alcohol – soon hitting rock bottom. Tanya’s new future started at David Lawrence Center. She learned coping skills and found the expert, caring support she needed. Today, Tanya has a new home and stable job, while her son’s grades have soared from D’s and F’s to A’s and B’s.
- Giving to David Lawrence Center will trigger a ripple effect of generosity! Science proves it. When you behave generously, it inspires observes to behave generously later, toward others. Researchers found that altruism spreads by three degrees – from person “a” to person “b” to person “c.” So by giving to David Lawrence Center today, you can influence dozens, even hundreds of people to perform acts of compassionate and generous giving. Give it a try – today!