The Importance of Giving Back

Have you ever received anything unexpectedly? How did you feel? Were you overjoyed that someone cared enough to give you something you needed? Did you feel like it was right on time? This is what happens when we give to others. It brings the other party great joy and appreciation. In return, giving usually makes the giver feel good inside. As human beings, we have an innate need to contribute to those around us, whether it's something small, like being there for a friend in need, or something huge, like contributing financially to a worthy cause.


Adding Value to The Lives of Others

Life just isn't about what you can do for yourself, but also about how you can improve the lives of those around you; for example, your loved ones, community members, and strangers who may need a helping hand. In general, as humans we tend to find greater happiness and fulfillment in giving than we do receiving. Giving helps people get through tough life situations they may be facing. It may also provide encouragement that the person receiving may not otherwise receive. 

You Create An Example of Kindness: 

When you offer help to someone in need, you create a real example of kindness. If your children or anyone else sees you helping the needy, they can learn a lot from you. You thus become an example for your friends, family, and children.


You Set a Positive Tone:

When you give to others, it gives a powerful and positive tone for the whole day. When you are kind to others, you experience high levels of happiness and fulfillment.


You Create a Snowball Effect:

When you donate money to a charity or help others, you can never imagine how your single act of kindness can change lives in multiple ways as well as inspire others to want to give. So from your single act of kindness many people around the world can potentially be blessed with many of the resources they need to enhance their lives.


You Make a Difference: 

Donating your time, money, and or resources is perhaps the easiest thing you can do in your life to make a huge difference. It can certainly have a huge impact on others' lives, and you will be rather proud to make this change in the lives of others. There's a sense of fulfillment that comes from giving.


You Change in a Positive Way: 

You grow when you give and when you are interested in others. It changes you in a remarkably good way that you might not be able to do that otherwise.


It Comes Back to You: 

You sow what you reap. When you bring a smile to other people, someone gives it back to you in one form or another.


Giving Promotes Feelings of Happiness. 

It's proven that donating literally makes you “happy.” According to the Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey, which observed 30,000 American households, people who had donated in the past year were 43% more likely to consider themselves “happy.”


Giving to Charity Makes You Feel Richer

According to studies, the simple act of giving increases satisfaction as much as the doubling of one's salary!


Giving Back Increases Well-Being.

By observing MRIs and compiling the results of several studies, scientists have decreed that acts of generosity (donations, volunteering, etc.) would activate the part of the brain that releases endorphins. Due to these happiness hormones, donors generally find themselves in a more sustainable state of well-being. These same endorphins released when one acts of generosity help to fight against stress and relieve pain.


Donating Increases Life Expectancy.

Give more to live longer (long)! Scientific research conducted at the University of Michigan in 2003 has shown a correlation between giving to charities and lengthening the lifespan (and this is a good state of health).


How Can You Get Involved In Your Community?

There is no doubt that ‘giving’ is the secret of living. When you think about what life is all about, you end up creating the meaning of living a happier life. But how do you create meaning? It’s not about doing everything for yourself; it’s about what you do for others to make their lives better. You can make a huge difference in the lives of others by giving back. For instance, if you are business and earning huge bucks every day, you can donate a set of amounts from every sale. Even if you are a new business, you can do the same to share your success with others around you.


Nonprofits are looking for funding to achieve their goals, and giving to such organizations as UNICEF USA,  The Save The Children Foundation, and countless others, is a great way to get that good karma going while changing lives at the same time. Whether you are passionate about children's education, human rights, or protecting wildlife, give generously to charitable causes that matter to you. When you are running a business, giving back to your community is a great privilege. You can donate money on every sale and match all donations per transaction up to a certain amount. This is a great step to make this world better. As a business owner, you can also give your products to the people in need. Even donating your time each month can make a difference in the lives of others in your community.


Bottom Line

The importance of giving to others should not be overlooked. Not only will your actions benefit those who receive them, but you will find a personal feeling of joy and fulfillment through your contributions. Once you get into the habit of regularly giving, even if you make a small contribution, you will start to feel more humane and humble. Start contributing to the world around you today and get ready to reap the benefits of giving back!