Scientific studies have provided evidence that generous giving actions are good for both physical and mental well-being.
In one study researchers led by Jorge Moll, MD PhD, and his colleagues at the National Institute of Health discovered when people donate to charities, specific areas of the brain associated with confidence and satisfaction are triggered. The trigger brings about a “warm glow” result, or the positive sensation people get from helping others. Learn more about Jorge Moll at Google Scholar.
Moll acquired his medical degree from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he also completed his residency in neurology. He received his Ph.D. in Experimental Physiopathology from Sao Paulo University.
A skilled neurologist, Jorge Moll currently holds the position of president and director of the D’Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR) and IDOR Senior Researcher of the Cognitive Neuroscience Unit and Neuroinformatics Workgroup.
As part of the study, the researchers provided each of the 19 participants with $128. Their choices included donating to charitable causes or not donating to controversial charities such as nuclear power, the death penalty, children’s rights and more.
The study revealed the participants gave an average of $51 from their $128 and benefitted from the difference.
The researchers also found people’s unselfish activities release endorphins in the brain that are the source of a positive emotion referred to as the helper’s high, or the physical feeling people experience when they openly lend others a hand.
What’s more research in a separate study revealed how pleasant giving is for the giver’s health as well as the recipients. For example, the study showed people who offered practical support to others had lower blood pressure than participants who did not and generosity was more apt to be rewarded by others as well.
The research also found giving, which is contagious, can induce gratitude. Not only is the recipient helped but giving can also encourage kindness and charity throughout a community.
Whether you give your time or money the concept of donating may boost an upsurge of generosity for those who give and those who receive. Know more about Jorge at Crunchbase.