Why do people give to others - the reasons can be varied but the act of giving actually makes one feels good and can be explained by the results of study 2006 study by a team of researchers at the National Institute of Healer led by neuroscientist Jorge Moll. They gave subjects some money and a list of causes to which they might contribute. They found that the mere thought of giving money to charity activates the primitive part of the brain associated with the pleasures of eating and having sex. Functional MRIs indicated that donating money stimulates the mesolimbic pathway, the reward centre in the brain, which is responsible for dopamine-mediated euphoria. Further research discovered a gene in peoples DNA Those who had certain variants of a gene called "AVPR1a" gave an average of nearly 50 percent more money than those not displaying that variant
Many business mentors suggest donating 10% of your income to charity and perhaps this is based on the Middle East custom of Tithing, tithing is the practice of giving 10 percent of your annual income to the needy. You donate one out of every ten dollars to the orphans, the widows, the destitute, or the temple high priests. However in these challenging financial times the practice has largely been abandoned. Read more: http://www.oprah.com/omagazine/The-Practice-of-Tithing-AJ-Jacobs#ixzz2XfaZz3r5
The act of helping others can create an improved sense of well-being. Knowing that you sacrificed something such as time, finances or property in order to help others in need can give you a sense of purpose in life or work and inner satisfaction.
I have recently become involved with a group referred to as Philanthropic Vortex who are pledging not only to support a children's charity with donations but also to create a source of income to improve their own lives which in turn will allow then to be able to give to others.
Learn more: http://david-ogden.Succeedtogive.com