Dr. Stephen Post Ph.D. co-author of Why Good Things Happen to Good People believes “that when we give of ourselves, especially if we start young, everything from life-satisfaction to self-realization and physical health is significantly affected. Mortality is delayed. Depression is reduced. Well-being and good fortune are increased.” In fact, research tells us that people who give- whether it be their time or money are more likely to be cooperative; more apt to have higher quality social relationships; and are better at resolving conflict. A high degree of empathy also motivates helping behaviour and reduces bullying. Giving inspires simple kindness — like letting somebody move ahead of you in line, keeping your local community clean from garbage or giving money to a homeless person.
But it is not only others who benefit when we practice more giving both at home and at school. Recent scientific evidence points to a significant correlation between student scores and their grade point averages when practicing giving on different levels including voluntarism, community service and helping humanity.
Those who help others and give back to their communities as children also show a lifelong commitment to service. Studies show that adults who volunteered with their families as kids are three times more likely to be involved in community service compared to adults who didn’t. Imagine if your child made giving part of their every day school curriculum. The long-term impact and effects to themselves as well as others will create positive change in the world.
Please feel free to read the research articles on The Science of Giving that we feel are important studies.
You can be a part of building better communities and teaching our children to be global citizens with the 365give Challenge. Read more about the Education Connection that 365give has developed to see how you can active giving in your classroom.