The Benefits of Generosity

Do you want to improve your well-being and live longer?  Practice generosity.  Generous people tend to be happier and healthier than their less generous peers.  Here are five benefits of being generous:

You’ll make someone’s day.  You’ll improve someone’s mood and may even prompt them to pay it forward.

You’ll contribute to the greater good of your community.  Good deeds help you build relationships with other people in your local area, making you feel more connected to your neighbors and community.

You’ll feel more grateful.  A kind gesture will make you thankful that you are able to help, and may make you feel more satisfied with your life.

You’ll stress less.  Being generous releases feel-good chemicals in your brain, which can help you reduce stress.

You’ll improve your work performance.  Altruism on the job can help you boost work satisfaction, improve relationships with your co-worers and make you more committed to your job.

 

How Generous Are Americans?
The top five states with the highest percentage of people who reported giving time and money to charity

1. Utah
2. Minnesota
3. Hawaii
4. South Dakota
5. New Hampshire

Utah ranks #1 for donating money to charitable causes as well, with 71% of people reporting donating money to charity.  New Hampshire and Illinois tied for second place in monetary giving at 70%

 

 

 

source: Gallup, May 2014

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