02 Dec Generosity is good for you…here are 7 reasons science says why!
They say that in giving we receive.
But what do we receive?
Positive psychology research has told us for quite some time now that giving and being generous benefits the receiver AND the giver; and it benefits both by providing higher levels fo happiness.
When we give we feel good; and when we feel good we do more good.
But in addition, new research suggests that being generous doesn't just make us feel happier but it also makes us healthier!
Check out this fantastic article from the Huffington Post in which 7 reasons are given for why generosity is good for your health (as well as your happiness)…
by Amanda Chan
Giving of yourself — whether it be your time, energy or money — isn't just a boon to those you're helping. A wealth of research shows that generosity can also have benefits for the receiver, ranging from a better outlook at your job, to more years of life. Check out these science-backed reasons to make generosity a regular part of your day.
It will keep stress in check.
Being stingy — and ashamed of said stinginess — is linked with higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol, according to a study from social psychologist Liz Dunn. Scientific American reported on the findings of the study, which examined cortisol levels in response to giving away money, and choosing to keep more money for yourself. The more money people chose to keep in the experiment, the greater shame they felt — and the higher their cortisol levels were. While some stress is good, chronically high levels of stress have been linked to a number of health ills.
Happiness at work depends on it.
Helping others while on the job could boost your happiness at work, according to research out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The study, published in the journal American Review of Public Administration, showed that being altruistic not only improves well-being at work, but also makes people feel more committed to their work and less likely to quit. "More and more research illustrates the power of altruism," study researcher Donald Moynihan, a professor in the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the university, said in a statement. "Our findings make a simple but profound point about altruism: Helping others makes us happier. Altruism is not a form of martyrdom, but operates for many as part of a healthy psychological reward system."
It's beneficial to the greater good.
Generosity trumps selfishness when it comes to success in the long run, according to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. University of Pennsylvania researchers found that in a strategic game involving multiple people, being generous — where there is cooperation and everyone benefits from working together — led to more success than being selfish — where one person dominates the other, forcing them to receive a lower payoff. “You might think being generous would be a stupid thing to do, and it is if there are only two players in the game,” study researcher Alexander Stewart explained in a statement. “But, if there are many players and they all play generously, they all benefit from each other's generosity.”
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