Giving Back to Our Environment

The act and idea of giving can be thought of in a variety of ways. You give a gift to someone when it’s their birthday. Or you make a donation to your religious organization. Or you spend a few hours every Saturday at the local animal shelter. Being a giver in your community is different for different people. However, have you ever thought about giving back to the environment you live in? Developing a lifestyle of being environmentally conscious can be a gift not only to yourself and your neighbors, but for generations to come. [Read more…]

The Pay It Forward Movement

You may have heard of the term “pay it forward.” Maybe it’s in regard to a line for coffee, in a food drive-thru lane, or even the popular movie starring Helen Hunt and Kevin Spacey. But what does it mean to pay something forward? According to this definition it “…is an expression for describing the beneficiary of a good deed repaying it to others instead of to the original benefactor.” Today, pay it forward moments often refer to someone paying the bill for the next person in the line behind them, which can lead that person to do the same for the person after them, and so on. [Read more…]

Why Giving Makes Us Happy

While receiving gifts can be exciting, research and experts say that the act of giving could actually make us feel better than receiving.

Studies show that when we get a gift or experience an act of generosity, our bodies release a hormone call oxytocin, which is associated with feelings of love and trust. The presence of this hormone also makes the recipient more likely to also act generously, which could explain the reason for “pay it forward” occurrences. So, it’s no surprise to read then, that numerous studies have shown that spending money on others or making a charitable donation actually makes us happier than when we are on the receiving end.  [Read more…]