The Benefits Of Donating
Image by Marie Vonow
When someone has an item they no longer need they may wonder if they should try to get a few dollars by selling it at a garage sale or on Gum Tree. Sometimes they know someone who could make good use of it or they may advertise it as a giveaway on Freecycle, Gumtree or on a community notice board. Donating the item to charity is sometimes an option. Other times they may decide to put it out the front of their house with a note offering it to anyone who wants it.
Some people don't like to give things away and would rather get a few dollars for things they no longer need. However, donating
something has many benefits not just to the receiver but the giver.
Benefits of donating
Did you know research has shown those who are generous tend to have better health
and live longer
Giving things away can lower blood pressure
. Research carried out in 2006 and published in the International Journal of Psychophysiology
said people who gave things away and provided support in other ways tended to have lower blood pressure. Not surprisingly, they also got greater support from others in return.
Donating instead of selling reduces stress
in the giver. A 2013 study which involved 846 participants in the United States showed those who helped others without expecting anything in return experienced less stress in their daily lives.
Giving items away for free promotes social connections and cooperation
. People who receive something for free are more likely to give to others. Friendships can be formed or strengthened through giving, whether it be some free range eggs, vegetables or a piece of furniture. Neighbours may become friends and regularly swap things which builds up a feeling of goodwill.
The results of a 2008 study showed those who donated money felt a higher level of happiness
than if they had spent it on themselves. Giving also causes oxytocin to be released which makes the giver feel connected to others and 'warm and fuzzy'
Whether you are giving away items to people you know, leaving them on the verge with a note inviting someone to help themselves, or dropping a few things off at your local charity, the benefits are the same.
Points to remember when donating to charity
Points to consider if leaving items out the front of property
. Collection bins at a Salvos thrift shop. Image by Marie Vonow
Giving things away is one method of freeing yourself of unwanted goods which have become clutter in your life. Decluttering makes you feel good and is another benefit of donating unwanted items.
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