“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
At Charitable Impact, we believe that people are innately generous, and that everyone has a charitable spirit. Did you know that Thanksgiving is one of the busiest volunteer days of the year? Many people want to take the opportunity during the holidays to give back, help others and have an impact.
The holidays are of course a great time to do good in your community, but it’s also a good time to think about how you can include charitable giving and acts of kindness into your weekly routine. Giving charitably and being kind to others has many benefits, so why not make it a habit?
It feels good
Performing acts of kindness towards others can actually release feel-good chemicals in your brain, and some studies have shown a link between kindness and your overall happiness. Dr Elizabeth Dunn and Ashely Whillans, UBC researchers who study the psychology of giving, found that people who spent as little as $5 on someone else, were happier compared with people who were asked to spend $5 on themselves.
Builds stronger relationships
In a situation where two or more people perform acts of kindness to one another, it can enhance the release of oxytocin – a hormone linked to strengthening relationships. Cool, eh?
Reduces stress and anxiety
Studies also show that the release of oxytocin in the brain can reduce stress, and therefore reduce anxiety as a result.
Makes the world a friendlier place!
Pay it forward, and pass on your kindness! Not only does it make your mates feel great, but it’s contagious too. What simple act of selflessness could you make habitual?