We make a living by what
we get, we make a life
by what we give.
- Winston Churchill
Giving evokes gratitude
Whether you’re on the giving or receiving end of a gift, that gift can elicit feelings of gratitude—it can be a way of expressing gratitude or instilling gratitude in the recipient. And research has found that gratitude is integral to happiness, health, and social bonds.
When we give, we don’t only help the immediate recipient of our gift. We also spur a ripple effect of generosity throughout community.
It’s good for you
Different forms of generosity show links to better health. People who give of themselves have lower blood pressure and experience less stress. Maybe that’s why we’re here after all.