We are programmed to become happy by helping others. This naturally also includes generosity.
Giving is better than receiving. It is a well-known saying, but now also scientifically proofed. Our brain seems to have been programmed for happiness in response to give.
Small acts of generosity
Scientists discovered that even small acts of generosity or just the promise of being charitable – showed changes in the brain that make people happier.
What you give is what you get
Generosity could be a good road to happiness. To explain how this works, the old age concept: who does well, meets well. Helping others increases group cohesion and others will also assist the giver in exchange for his act. As a result, generosity can ultimately also be beneficial for the helper himself.
Connected to others
We simply function best when we feel connected to each other. We are made to respond empathically to each other and it is also in our own interest to be protected by the larger whole. In other words, we are programmed to become happy by helping others. This naturally also includes generosity.