We look to money to cover our basic needs and wants. And - if we’re lucky - sometimes it can do much more than that. But one thing I’ve learned is that, regardless of what I have or lack, money alone can’t buy happiness.
It’s true that it will support happiness, as it serves to meet our basic needs.
In fact, scientific studies suggest that, in the United States, greater income increases personal happiness until around $72,000 a year.
So, it can buy happiness, right?
Not so fast.
The study went on to conclude that beyond that amount, money doesn’t seem to build more contentment in life. And this trend repeats all around the world, no matter the country's culture, religion, or history.
Why? Great question.
When money has fulfilled our basic needs, a fundamental human drives shifts that drives us to create a greater purpose for our life. That new desire to grow and thrive can never be satisfied by buying an expensive car, a designer outfit, or a vacation to some exotic land.
Those things may be beautiful, the experiences pleasant, but in the end they can feel hollow.
Happiness doesn't come from what we surround ourselves with; it wells up in the mysterious core of our spirits.
How do we unlock that place deep within and turn our potential for true joy into reality? It all starts by making a generous, unselfish choices.
Why Do People Give to Charity?
Humans are unique among animals for a number of reasons.
We're skilled communicators, thanks to our gift for language. We have advanced brains that let us learn and innovate, and we have rich emotional lives. All of that combines to create our most singular drive: altruism.
“The unselfish regard for or devotion to the welfare of others.”
What a rewarding, life-affirming concept!
Altruism is not giving up something we need, at a cost to ourselves, and getting nothing in return. Actually, it's quite the opposite.
People from every economic group, from those on a tight budget to the fabulously wealthy, give what they can to charity because they all find immense inner satisfaction through their donations.
There is a unique kind of joy that comes from giving a helping hand to a stranger in need. It's a happiness that permeates every part of your day, a warm glow that sustains you. Offering aid, through time or money or your own efforts, nurtures your higher self.
Altruism is a celebration of the best of our human natures.
Tips for Choosing the Right Charity
You naturally want to be sure that your valuable time and hard-earned money is going to the right place, but you'll also find that your most satisfying philanthropic experiences come from supporting a cause that you truly connect with.
You'll need to find a charity that's well-managed, that devotes resources to current work and future research, and most importantly of all, one that aligns with your values and interests.
Here's how to find a 'good fit' for your generosity:
1. Find a Cause That Resonates With You
Think about your values or experiences with charities.
Let’s look at people who support us, for example. Sometimes there was a loved one in pain that doctors couldn't address. Perhaps that loved one used a healing practice to cope with the effects.
Or perhaps they never got the relief they needed.
You can't change the past, but today is a world of opportunity. What if you could help people who are suffering and have few options?
Relief from Pains offer healing treatments, community resources, and support to those who suffer from chronic pain, stress or disease and whose lives are otherwise negatively impacted by their health issues.
When someone contacts us needing help, we walk them through the next steps to assure they get it. We're able to offer these services thanks to generous donations from people like you.
And we hope that resonates with you.
2. Look for a Charity Committed to Research
The most effective charities are research-based. They stay on top of the latest scientific findings, innovations, and support models, to better serve their clients.
And we’re quite committed to such things.
We have lofty ambitions when it comes to scientific research. And we hope that our goals eventually change the entire course of this industry. We’re excited to work to advance the entire field of pain relief and alternative treatments through in-depth research studies.
3. Speak to the Leaders Before Pledging Support
It's always a good idea to get a feel for any philanthropic organization that you're considering supporting. A quick conversation will reaffirm what you’re feeling in your heart.
By getting to know the leaders of the charity organization, you’ll be able to feel much more comfortable providing your financial support.
We’re always excited to talk to interested donors.
You can contact us or schedule a one-on-one meeting to discuss your potential donation at any time. Our friendly employees will be glad to answer any questions, from what populations we serve to what services we offer to our vision for the future.
We understand that there are a lot of worthwhile agencies that you're considering and are glad for the chance to talk to you and explain why Relief From Pain is a great choice for your donation.
Do You Want to Support a Healing Charity?
Money can't buy happiness. But you can achieve happiness through altruism.
That joyful feeling that washes over you when your generosity brightens a stranger's life, making the world a better place one day at a time, is priceless.
Donating to Relief From Pain can change the life of someone who has been kicked down by desperate circumstances, bad luck and health issues. Your generosity brings both you and these people happiness; charity work is a gift to everyone involved.
Deep down, we all want to be the heroes who selflessly fight to change the world for the better. By donating to an organization that helps others - whether ours or another one - we make those dreams a reality and nourish our fundamental human need to help one another.