Giving to charity makes you happy, middle age is miserable: experts

Giving to charity makes you happy, middle age is miserable: experts

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Giving to others not only makes us happier but can help lower our blood pressure, researchers told a conference in London. Reuters reports that experts from Britain and Canada were debating the latest research on happiness and altruism, as part of a conference on "nudging" - using psychological insights into human behavior to get people to make good decisions. According to one professor at the University of British Columbia, people who give money to charity tend to be happier and also healthier than others, adding that this applies to poor and rich countries alike – “you don't have to have a lot to experience the emotional benefits of giving." Read the Quality of Life section of Gulf Coast Community Indicators on our region’s community participation and contribution rates.