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“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
- Winston Churchill
Giving to charity makes you feel good
The knowledge that you’re helping others is hugely empowering and, in turn, can make you feel happier and more fulfilled. Research has identified a link between making a donation to charity and increased activity in the area of the brain that registers pleasure - proving that as the saying goes, it really is far better to give than to receive.
“No one has ever become poor by giving.”
- Anne Frank
Giving to charity strengthens personal values
Having the power to improve the lives of others is, to many people, a privilege, and one that comes with its own sense of obligation. Acting on these powerful feelings of responsibility is a great way to reinforce our own personal values and feel like we’re living in a way that is true to our own ethical beliefs.
“True wealth is not acquired through earthly possessions, but by leading a fulfilling life. There is nothing more fulfilling than knowing you have made a palpable difference in the lives of other people.” - John Haltiwanger
Giving to charity introduces your children to the importance of generosity
Sharing the experience of donating to charity with your children shows them from a young age that they can make positive changes in the world. Children naturally love to help others, so nurturing their innate generosity is likely to mean that they grow up with a greater appreciation of what they have, and will carry on supporting charity in years to come.
As Politics Writer John Haltiwanger wrote, “Humans are an inherently social species. We have survived and thrived because we take care of one another. Generosity is, in part, a survival instinct. Even the simple act of sharing food or shelter with another person is an example of humanity's intrinsic generosity. If we were an overwhelmingly selfish species, we would've gone extinct a long time ago.”
Visit our Charity shop in St.Helier, open daily from 9am-5pm Monday-Saturday. Items can be dropped off here or alternatively you can organise a collection anytime by calling 729460.
Sourced: Elite Daily, Good2Give, Cafonline.org
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