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While it’s great to receive money, there’s also evidence that suggests it’s just as satisfying to give money to charities and those who are in need. While Lincoln Strategy Group realizes there might be times where money is tight and you aren’t able to give as much as you like, we want to provide you with a few reasons to go the extra mile in your efforts to contribute your time, money and energy to nonprofit organizations.

Activate the Pleasure Center of Your Brain

Just as exercising releases endorphins that make you feel good, the same is true when it comes to donating to a charity. Specifically, giving stimulates the regions of the brain associated with trust, connecting with other people, reward and pleasure. This compounded effect has been coined “a helper’s high.”

Safeguard Your Local Community

There are plenty of national charities, but your time and money could be better spent focusing on your local community. The reason for this is your giving spirit could help create and strengthen the community safety net against future emergency situations, to which the local community will be better equipped to respond to thanks to your efforts. In terms of mental rewards, this can provide you with peace of mind of knowing your community is well-equipped to respond to crises. This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t give to national organizations, just that you shouldn’t forget that charity begins at home. 

Keep the Doctor Away

The mental benefits gained from donating to charity crossover to physical benefits as well. Specifically, studies have shown that giving improves the physical health of individuals with chronic illnesses, such as multiple sclerosis. What’s more is giving can improve the life expectancy of elderly individuals.

If you needed more of an incentive beyond tax breaks to donate, know there are several mental benefits. Now you can improve your own life as you improve the lives of others.