Charity as commonly said begins at home, but what exactly is charity?
Charity means the voluntary giving of help (typically in the form of money) to those in need, as a humanitarian act.
Also it is a system of giving money, food, or help free to those who are in need because they are ill, poor, or have no home, or any organization that has the purpose of providing money or helping in this way.
To commemorate International Day of Charity 2019, we have compiled five points why you should give to Charity.
1 GIVING TO CHARITY MAKES PEOPLE FEEL GOOD
Donating to charity is a major mood-booster. 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 old adage goes, it really is far better to give than to receive.
2 GIVING TO CHARITY STRENGTHENS PERSONAL VALUES
In research, it was shown that a feeling of social conscience was the most widely-given reason to give to charity. Whatever type of charity work they supported, 96% said they felt they had a moral duty to use what they had to help others, a sentiment very much rooted in their personal values and principles. 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.
3 GIVING IS MORE IMPACTFUL
Your giving goes a long way in helping the needy, so next time you want to give remember your money is doing a lot for somebody out there.
4 GIVING TO CHARITY INTRODUCES YOURCHILDREN 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. Remember children hold onto what they learn from a tender age.
5 YOUR GIVING TO CHARITY ENCOURAGES FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO DO SAME
Your single act of kindness to somebody in need around your family members or friends speaks to them in a way that attracts them to want to do same. We learn to do things by watching others. Family giving creates a bond, helping to bolster relationships through a shared goal and raising more money than could otherwise be possible through individual donations.
As we celebrate International Charity Day today, make sure you leave an indelible mark in someone’s life today in your own little way; either by paying for someone’s transportation or giving to that persons you truly know doesn’t have or supporting YWAW in proving educational facilities for students in Lagos state.
Anyways you do, make sure you touch lives today and every other days for the rest of your lives.
By: Afolayemisi Ogunwale