Shopping, especially during the holidays, can be challenging. It is also difficult to obtain a gift, which will excite every person. Despite the hardships, research suggests that giving is worthwhile. New studies show that giving is not only beneficial to recipients but also to the giver. It improves the health of the giver as well as the happiness. Additionally, it strengthens togetherness of the entire community. The good news, giving involves much more than just shopping. According to research, volunteering and charity donations accrue similar benefits. Here are some why you should more often.
Benefits of Giving
In a study at Harvard Business School under professor Michael Norton in 2008, the research showed that offering some cash to another person uplifted the giver happiness more as compared to spending the money on himself or herself. Sonja Lyubomirsky, who is a psychology professor and happiness expert, found similar results after she had asked people to carry out kindness acts every week for in six weeks. Jorge Moll and his colleagues in the National Institute of Health carried out a similar study in 2006. They discovered that when a person donates to a charity, the act activates the part of the brain, which initiates trust, pleasure, and social connection. Giving leads to happiness (Twitter). Additionally, scientists believe that altruism causes the brain to release endorphins, which further produces a positive feeling for the helper.
Background of Jorge Moll
Jorge Moll is a graduate with Medicine degree from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He graduated in the year 1994. He went further with his studies and completed the medical residence in Neurology at Federal University in 1998. In 2004, Jorge had his Ph.D. in Experimental Pathophysiology in Sao Paulo University Medical School. He is the founder and the president of the D’Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR), which is in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Moll is a senior lecturer at the institute. He also heads the Cognitive Neuroscience Unit and the Neuroinformatics Workgroup. Moll has obtained various awards and distinctions including the Research Fellow NIH award for the years 2004 to 2007 and the Visiting Scholar Award from Stanford University in 2015 among others.