1. It Lowers Your Stress
A study by social psychologist Liz Dunn, reported on by Scientific American, examined levels of the stress hormone cortisol in response to giving away money versus keeping it for oneself. The more money people chose to keep, the higher their cortisol levels were found to be.
2. It Makes You Feel Happier
NIH researchers studied the functional MRIs of subjects who gave to charities. Their finding: giving stimulates the mesolimbic pathway, releasing endorphins and producing what has been termed the “helper’s high.”
3. It Helps Us All Get Along
In Does Altruism Exist?, biologist David Sloan Wilson argues for the evolutionary benefits of altruism. According to Wilson, altruism is inextricably linked to the functional organization of groups. The survival of groups depends on people who overtly care about the welfare of others.
A Meaningful Way to Give
Southwestern Medical Foundation gives meaning to generosity by directing it where it will make an impact, in areas including cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, and autism. Your gift will support medical research, patient care and medical training. And you can honor someone special, by making your gift in his or her name.