There's something about being in a pandemic that really makes you take inventory of what's important in life. As millions of people have been forced to alter their lifestyles over the last few months to help save lives, we realize just how vital it is for us to work together to help make a change. It's that exact premise that makes Giving Tuesday so powerful.
The #GivingTuesday movement was created as a day to encourage people to do good. With the big retail holidays of Black Friday and Cyber Monday behind us, it's a day to step back and take inventory of what really matters when it comes to giving. Since its inception in 2012, Giving Tuesday has turned into a global phenomenon, enabling hundreds of millions of people to support causes around the world and celebrate the beauty that is found in generosity. Who couldn't stand to see a little more of that in 2020?
This year has been a rough one for so many, but seeing people come together to make a positive change can really flip our perspective to see just how much good there is in this world. In a time when our mental, physical, and emotional health may be suffering, studies show the personal act of giving can also have a positive impact on our health and well being.
A number of studies show the health benefits of giving back with everything from lowering blood pressure and stress levels, to increasing self-esteem and helping you live a longer life. Then there is that immediate feeling of giving that just makes you feel good. According to Psychology Today, the act of giving can increase levels of the hormone dopamine in the brain which gives you a feeling of satisfaction and happiness leading to what some refer to as a "helper's high."
"Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have."