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Benefits of Donating

There are lots of advantages for participating on charity auctions through either as a bidder or as an auctioneer listing auctions to benefit your favorite charity. For example did you know giving makes you feel happy. Even if you predict spending on yourself would make you happier; it’s a known fact that donating money to nonprofit organizations is an act of kindness which lifts your happiness more that spending it on yourself.
These good feelings are reflected in our biology. National Institutes of Health study found that when you give to charities, it activates regions of your brain associated with pleasure, social connection, and trust, creating a “warm glow” effect. Scientists also believe that altruistic behavior releases endorphins in the brain, producing the positive feeling known as the “helper’s high.”

Not only does giving make you feel happier but it’s good for your health. A wide range of research has linked giving to others to better health, even among the sick and elderly with chronic illness. Studies have found generosity improves your physical health and longevity and makes you live longer. Perhaps supporting a charity helps decrease stress, which is associated with variety of health problems. Regardless of the reason, supporting a favorite cause has a direct physiological benefit to those who give of themselves.

Giving also promotes cooperation and social connection. When you give, you’re more likely to get back: Studies have suggested that when you give to others, your generosity is likely to be rewarded by others down the line—sometimes by someone else. No where do we see that more than in businesses that practice altruism. Businesses that hold charity auctions benefit by associating themselves with their cause in a favorable way. And we all know that people do business with people they like. It’s no wonder, those business do better, have happier customer, and retain their employees longer. These exchanges promote a sense of trust and cooperation that strengthens our ties to others—and research has shown that having positive social interactions is central to good mental and physical health. What’s more, when you give to others, you don’t only make them feel closer to you; you also feel closer to them. Being kind and generous leads you to perceive others more positively and more charitably, and this fosters a heightened sense of interdependence and cooperation in your social community.

Your donation can elicit feelings of gratitude—it can be a way of expressing gratitude or instilling gratitude in the cause of the nonprofit organization that you are helping. And research has found that gratitude is integral to happiness, health, and social bonds. By cultivate gratitude causes you to exercise more, be more optimistic, and feel better about your life overall and is one of the keys to increasing personal happiness. When you express your gratitude in form of a donation, you not only boost your own positivity but other people’s as well and in the process you reinforce their kindness and strengthen your bond to one another.

Giving is also contagious. When you give, you don’t only financially help the nonprofit organization with your monitory gift. You also spur a ripple effect of generosity through StarsCharityAuction online community. When you give generously to a charity cause, it inspires the entire online community of StarsCharityAuction to behave generously later, toward different charity causes. In fact, the researchers found that altruism could spread from person to person to person to person. As a result you can influence dozens or even hundreds of users on StarsCharityAuction, all of whom you do not know and have not met.

So when you donate money to charity through StarsCharityAuction, your giving is much more than just a donation on a charity auction. It may help you build stronger social connections and even jump start a cascade of generosity through our online community of givers. So don’t be surprised if you find yourself benefiting from a big dose of happiness, and good health in the process.