When it comes to donating your money or time to a charity of choice, do you ever wonder – what’s in it for you? According to an article published in the Wall Street Journal by Arthur Brooks, studies show that donors to charity are happier, healthier and handsome than those who choose not to give.
Researchers at the University of Chicago found that happiness and generosity go hand-in-hand. Charitable givers are 43% more likely to say they are “very happy” when compared to nongivers. The same goes for volunteering to nonprofits. Scientists at the University of Buffalo studied hundreds of volunteers, finding that their charity work significantly lowered the association between stressful life events and death.
Dutch and British researchers surveyed students, showing them one of three videos featuring a handsome actor. Those who saw the video of that actor donating to charity, the more good-looking he appeared.
According to the study, you can’t afford not to give, whether it’s a monetary donation or the donation of your time. Take some time to support the causes you’re passionate about this holiday season. You’ll be better off for it.
To read Arthur Brooks’ Wall Street Journal article in its entirety, click here.