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9 Positive Effects of Donating Money to Charity
According to a report recently released by Atlas of Giving, after a stellar year of charitable donations in 2014, the outlook for this year is less than robust. In fact, U.S.-based giving could decrease by as much as 3.2% for a variety of reasons—including rising interest rates, a possible stock market correction, and continuing decline in employment compensation. But just because certain economic factors may have an impact on giving, this doesn't mean that you should put off your own charitable efforts. You might be surprised to learn that, ultimately, it might be you who reaps some of the best rewards of your donation. Here are nine positive effects of giving to charity.
How gratitude made me a better giver
Thinking about giving in terms of how our altruism makes us happier and more grateful may seem self-centered, as it focuses on how we feel rather than on how we can share our resources with others. The truth is that cultivating feelings of gratitude and generosity can make us see our lives from a more social perspective, and can lead us to a renewed appreciation of what we owe to others and what we can do for them.
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