Charity: Why Do We Give?
Giving to charity is a part of most of our lives. Why do we give to others? On the surface it seems to fly in the face of rational self-interest. We have limited time and we have limited money. Surely, our own lives could be improved by spending our time and our money on things we desire. Yet we still give! So, why do we give to charity? Why do we give to others rather than keep it all to ourselves?
There are many reasons for the self-sacrifice of giving to others.
- It may come from realizing how much we have been blessed in our lives. We can look around and see how much we have and notice that others have not been so fortunate. Empathy can thus lead us to share our many blessings.
- We may see a need in our community, or another community that would improve the well-being of our fellow man. Compassion leads us to want to fill that need to bring a brighter future. Sometimes we see that a change would advance the welfare of society.
- We may see that what is happening isn’t producing optimal results and that another course of action would yield a better outcome. The change can’t happen without us getting involved. We may then dedicate our time and money toward making that change happen.
- Paying it forward is often a big motivation for charitable giving. Perhaps, when we were in need, we were given help. When our own lives are transformed by such help, it can lead our being in the position to help others. An understanding of how someone giving of themselves has led to positive results for us, can give rise to our desire to give to others.
Giving doesn’t have to be about money. You can give your time as well. If you want to give, but don’t have the money to spare, check out this post on Ways to Volunteer.
There are also many reasons charitable giving benefits us.
Volunteering has proven health benefits. Studies have shown it gives a sense of well-being, thus improving emotional health, which can then improve physical health. Ready to give? Check out these ways to volunteer. You can also, bid online in a charity auction fundraiser.
We want to help each other. We want to make things better for those who are suffering, for those that lack what we may have, for those who lives could be greatly improved or even turned around by our caring. In return, we get a special satisfaction from knowing we make a difference.