Every year during the holidays, there is a rush as people search for thoughtful gifts for their families and friends. Though some people do find the holiday rush a bit stressful, there is new evidence that giving to others is actually very beneficial. There are now many studies out from neuroscientists like Jorge Moll, (who has served as a Visiting Scholar for the Stanford Neuroscience Institute at Stanford University, as well as serving as the President-director of the D’Or Institute for Research and Education in Rio de Janeiro) that show how good it is not only for our soul but also for our health to give to others.
Here are a few of the findings from Moll and other neuroscientists that back up this claim.
We are Wired To Give.
A study out of the Harvard Business School in 2008 found that people who give money to others get a great feeling of happiness that can last up to six weeks. A study conducted by Moll and others at the National Institutes of Health also found that giving to charity brings on a rush of endorphins that creates a warm feeling inside.
Positive Health Effects
Another study that backs up the study by Moll came out of the University of California at Berkley in 1999 (Crunchbase). This study found that elderly people who did volunteer work have a much lower chance of dying over a five year period than those who didn’t volunteer. All of this backs up the study by Jorge Moll that finds that we are definitely engineered to give to others and to show kindness.
Giving to Achieve Social Connection
Other studies also back up the importance of giving to others as a way of achieving positive social connection, which once again leads to a longer, healthier life.
So, if you are looking for a positive endorphin rush and a long and healthy life, consider giving of your time and money to others. It’s definitely worth it!