Giving makes you more important for the world. It also helps you feel stronger and more appreciated by others. This statement is not just our opinion, but also the conclusion of two studies carried out by the universities of Newcastle and Harvard.
The study results show that gratuitous help to people in need has many psychological benefits for donors. Donating adds a sense of security and completion to their lives, and also boosts their self-esteem.
How did researchers arrive at this conclusion?
In the first survey, conducted by the Harvard University, volunteers were given one-dollar banknotes and were told to decide whether to keep these for themselves or give them away to charity. Another condition was to take as much time as possible to make the decision. Much to the researchers’ surprise, those who opted for donating their dollars to a good cause took more time to make the decision. Eventually they were far more content with their choice.
The second survey, that of the University of Newcastle, included a game in which the players had to decide how much to donate to the other participants. Those who were more generous became favorites of the rest, who were supposed to evaluate them. They estimated these lavish co-players as more responsible and reasonable.
The conclusion is that donating to charity may be a kind of a DIY psychotherapy. In case you doubt the findings of these American studies, we challenge you to see for yourself during our next charity initiative, and let us know what it felt like. We bet we know the answer.