Dreams to Reality hosts their annual Christmas party with volunteers and people of the community. Feeding up to 700 individuals. This is just one of the things we do to give back to the community.
So why is it important to give back?
1. Giving makes us feel happy. A 2008 study by Harvard Business School professor Michael Norton and colleagues found that giving money to someone else lifted participants’ happiness more that spending it on themselves (despite participants’ prediction that spending on themselves would make them happier). Happiness expert Sonja Lyubomirsky, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside, saw similar results when she asked people to perform five acts of kindness each week for six weeks.
2. Giving is good for our health. A wide range of research has linked different forms of generosity to better health, even among the sick and elderly.
3. Giving promotes cooperation and social connection. When you give, you’re more likely to get back: Several studies, have suggested that when you give to others, your generosity is likely to be rewarded by others down the line—sometimes by the person you gave to, sometimes by someone else.
4. Giving evokes gratitude. Whether you’re on the giving or receiving end of a gift, that gift can elicit feelings of gratitude—it can be a way of expressing gratitude or instilling gratitude in the recipient. And research has found that gratitude is integral to happiness, health, and social bonds.
5. Giving is contagious. When we give, we don’t only help the immediate recipient of our gift. We also spur a ripple effect of generosity through our community.
Giving back is an important part of life, it sustain us and helps communities grow. Volunteering is just one of the ways to give back.