As we enter the season of giving (yes, sorry but Christmas is coming!) I started to think about how giving to others makes me feel good, it makes me happy. And how the more you give to others, not just gifts, the happier I feel and the more I can give. It just goes round and round and is one of those brilliant little self fulfilling circles in life.
Hardwired for Generosity
Did you know that we are all actually hard-wired for generosity. Some fancy pants scientific study (you can read it here if boring technical stuff is tantalising to you) has shown that the same parts of the brain that light up when we crave sex or chocolate, also light up when we are altruistic. Giving is inherently rewarding. They also found another part of the brain that lit up and it is full of oxytocin (that happy hormone!!). So, I can unequivocally say that we feel good when we give something to a worthy cause.
It is the Gift of Giving
I think it is important for our own happiness that we make others happy and while we can do random small acts of kindness for those around us and watch them smile and benefit from it, we can also do small acts that make a big difference to others that are a world away from us. This is where charity to organisations that have a bigger reach than any single person can have, need our attention.
I am very proud to be able to support World Vision Australia as a Blog Ambassador. World Vision provides assistance to 100 million people worldwide and for six decades they have been working towards eliminating poverty and its causes. That is great reach and a cause I want to support.
World Food Day
This Friday, October 16th, is World Food Day. As emergencies in South Sudan and the East African region continue to provide food stress to the area, World Vision has partnered with the World Food Programme (WFP) and for every $1 raised, WFP will match it times 9. That means for every $1 you donate, $9 of food aid will instantly go to people like Rachel in this video.
It is heartbreaking to know that of the 200 families that turned up to a food distribution in the Central African Republic, there was only enough food for 80 of those families. Every dollar we donate does actually count. Imagine, just $35 can provide life saving food to 286 children for a month!
You will be feeding your soul as well as helping those who need it. You don’t get anything for giving, but let me give you a virtual high five and let you take a moment to revel in that happy feeling that is lighting up your brain.
Feels good doesn’t it.
If you want to make it feel even better, share with our little community here, what did you sacrifice to make this donation? Not only will this give you a little boost, it will help motivate others to give too.
I have not been paid for this post, I truly believe in the cause and want to help spread the word and make a difference in the world. It just makes me happy. All images are from World Vision.