Want to have less stress in your life? Want to live longer? Open up your wallet and/or your calendar.
According to an article published not long ago in U.S. News & World Report that cites reports on the connection of happiness and charity, acts of compassion and generosity do wonders to improve one's quality, and time span, of living.
Stephen G. Post, director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics at New York’s Stony Brook University says that philanthropy, or charitable giving, “doles out several different happiness chemicals...including dopamine, endorphins that give people a sense of euphoria and oxytocin, which is associated with tranquility, serenity or inner peace.”
A study conducted a few years ago that followed more than 2,000 residents of Marin County, California, found that volunteerism reduced mortality rates by 63 percent. According to research led by Jorge Moll of the D’Or Institute for Research and Education in Brazil, charitable donations trigger the mesolimbic system in much the same way - even simply thinking about giving money to a meaningful cause engages this evolutionary reward system.
Let Shine the Light Foundation be a source of your health and wellness
When engaging with our foundation, there are a number of ways you can ignite the release of those happiness chemicals:
consider making a tax-deductible charitable donation
sign up to become a volunteer
share your experiences as part of our Voices series
collaborate on a public program or event
share our mission, efforts, and news with your friends and family
Non-profits, especially new ones that are still growing like us, rely on community support in order to positively connect their mission with the world. Please consider giving what you can to help us in these efforts - every little bit counts!
Interested in becoming a volunteer? Want to see about collaborating on a program?
Please use the contact form to connect. We'd love to hear from you.
Share Your Story
Voices is a safe platform for survivors, families and friends, therapists and other professionals working in the field, and even former abusers, to share their stories and experiences. By sharing our stories with one another we not only help ourselves heal, but help each other heal, too. We also bring attention to and educate others on the truths of domestic violence.
Consider contributing to the Voices series by sharing your story.