Neuroscience shows volunteering and giving are life-changing

Professor of social cognitive neuroscience at the University of California, Matthew Lieberman, describes in his book, ‘Social’*, how serving as a volunteer and giving to charity is more personally satisfying than a salary increase!

“Just how much are the social aspects of our lives worth in terms of our well-being? Multiple studies have managed to put a dollar value on them, determining how much more money you would need to make in order to achieve the same increases in well-being. In one study, volunteering was associated with greater well-being, and for people who volunteered at least once a week, the increase in their well-being was equivalent to the increase associated with moving from a $20,000-a-year salary to a $75,000-a-year salary. A second study found that across more than 100 countries, giving to charity is related to changes in well-being equivalent to the doubling of one’s salary.”

It’s an interesting observation that serving and giving can make such a difference to our lives. Many Global Development Group projects around the world are regularly asking for volunteers to come and serve for various periods of time. If you would like to ‘increase your well-being’, consider going today!

All of our projects need funds to enable them to change lives and communities. If you would like to make a positive difference to yourself and others, please select a project of your choice from our website or click on the following link to give where it’s needed the most.

*’Social: Why our brains are wired to connect’, by Matthew D. Lieberman (Professor, Social Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of California, Los Angeles).

Photo: Global Development Group volunteer, Alyssa Cowie.