For anyone who has ever decided to contribute a charitable donation, you are more than likely aware of the plethora of reasons behind your decision to give. What you may not be aware of; however, is the list of psychological factors that can result in such decisions.
Duke Liberatore and his wife Dr. Jan McBarron, together hosted an award winning nationally syndicated health talk radio show for more than 20 years called “Duke & The Doctor”. Recently they launched an official Go Fund Me campaign in support of the Wounded Warrior Project. Here they take the time to provide a brief overview of the psychology behind getting involved with charitable initiatives.
Donating to Charity Makes You Feel Good
Donating to a charitable cause is empowering, and current research suggests that the act of giving provides individuals with an increased sense of fulfillment. According to a study published by the National Academy of Sciences, there is a clear neurological basis for human altruism. In other words, scientists have continuously observed how charitable acts increase activity in the brain’s reward system. The release of various neurochemicals such as dopamine are natural mood boosters and play a significant role in cultivating personal joy.
Reduces Stress and Anxiety
Selfless actions also reduce the symptoms of depression and daily stress. Individuals that volunteer on average 4 hours per week are 40 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who do not. Duke & The Doctor believe making compassionate goals and striving to help others is an effective means to improve one’s overall mental and physical well-being.
It Reminds Us that We Are All Connected
Humans are inherently a social species, so it should come as no surprise that generosity makes us feel interconnected. Donating your time to a worthy cause creates opportunities to interact with like-minded individuals. Whether it is volunteering at a local fundraiser, or helping to support your local church, charitable initiatives are a way to surround yourself with others trying to make a positive difference. Ultimately, working together towards common goals functions as a constant source of motivation.
Duke and The Doctor on Inspiring Others to Cultivate Positive Change
Philanthropy is contagious, and numerous studies demonstrate that when we witness others donating their time and energy to a cause it creates a domino effect. This effect can continue to ripple through an entire room, resulting in an outpouring of giving and generosity. According to both Duke and Dr. Jan McBarron, when we actively help individuals in need, we inspire friends and family members to undertake their own efforts to give back to the community.
Duke & The Doctor acknowledge that even when someone cannot donate any financial support, they can always find other ways to make a difference for the charity of their selection.
For over 30 years, Duke & The Doctor have been fully committed in their unwavering support of our armed forces through their physical and mental support in the form of charitable donations, hosting fundraisers and volunteer work. Together, Duke and The Doctor’s biggest hope is to see care and compassion brought to those who have served.