We live in a world that puts so much emphasis on the material and ownership that it becomes a challenge not to earn money so that you could buy things, but it’s best to snap from that kind of mentality. All our lives, we have been working hard so that we could afford to buy things: new phones and computers, new cars and houses, new clothes and jewelry; and if we think about giving something away, we become confused. Why would we want to give away things we have been working so hard to get in the first place? Here’s why.
Helping those in need
Let’s face it – the world can be a very cruel place, and people can suffer for a number of reasons. We should all be aware of the fact that there are many people out there who have a hard time making ends meet (for whatever reason) and that there are ways to help them. There are many ways you can help: you can donate clothes, food, money, or your time to help make this world a bit better place. If you have been blessed and have enough to live a comfortable life, it’s noble to share these blessings with those who are less fortunate. Donating to a charity such as the Salvation Army or the Red Cross is also important because this way you show that you care and are doing something to give back.
Change the way you see yourself
While giving to charity means you’re thinking of others, the act of giving will also change the way you see yourself. According to the Positive Psychology Program, the act of sharing with others and giving to charity can make us happy. In addition, we also feel very responsible and generous, and this, in turn, makes us feel better in our own skin. It’s a positive thing for everyone involved, no matter if you’re giving food, clothes, toys, money, or your time at the local church. What is more, when you’re making lists of things you have and things you want to give away, it’s a good way to practice being thankful for all your blessings.
Set an example for children
By donating to a charity, you are setting a great example for your children and you are teaching them to be more generous. You can take them with you to when you’re volunteering or you can ask them to give some of their old clothes or toys to the Salvation Army or the Red Cross. You could also make shopping a practice in generosity by asking them to pick out something you would later send to a children’s charity in Australia. You can also ask them to pick a charity that’s important to them and to make a donation. It can be a one-time donation, or they can make it a habit to donate a small sum every month. If they can’t pick a charity on their own, help them by asking who they’d like to help and try to find something together.
Make life more meaningful
By giving to charity, you will make a small change in this world, but you will make a huge difference to someone else. By knowing this, by knowing that you’ve helped others and changed their lives for the better, you will make your life more meaningful. By donating time, money, services, or goods, you are getting a chance to meet new like-minded people who share your beliefs and fight for the same cause. Feeling more connected to the world and knowing you’re making a difference will reinvigorate your life.
Get tax benefits
Last but not least – donating to charity will allow you to claim your donation on your taxes. Still, you need to make sure that your chosen charity is a tax-exempt organization. Fortunately, you can easily check that here, but we have to point out that you shouldn’t get anything back in return. This is the reason why donations to a specific individual or donations that allow you to receive a benefit won’t allow you to claim the donation on your taxes.
Altruism, generosity and kindness are traits that we should all focus on a bit more in the future. We should try to change our mindsets and understand that there is as much joy in giving as there is in receiving. By giving to others, you learn to value what you have and you find solace in knowing that you’ve helped other people live a little bit better.