The paradox of generosity: A ‘fake’ good act does you no good

Through the last several weeks, all of our #SaturdayScience blog posts spoke about the benefits of kindness and generosity. However, if you thought that performing some random acts of kindness would help you get all those benefits, that’s not gonna happen. Yet, if you make a few changes, and follow some self-imposed regulations on spending on social causes, it can help.

Authors of the book ‘The Paradox of Generosity’, Christian Smith and Hilary Davidson establish the relationship between generosity and happiness. Through examples, the prove that the more a person gives, the happier he can be. And, despite knowing the physical benefits of it, not everybody practiced kindness.

The authors surveyed 40 American families about their giving habits. They concluded that families that donated on a regular basis enjoyed better social and personal lives. Those who didn’t had to face several hardships including lack of material comfort.

“When it comes to generosity with money, time, skills, and relationships, we know that relaxing, letting go, and giving away is not often automatic or easy. Yet, most Americans fail to practice the kinds of generosity that actually lead to happiness, health, and purpose in life.” said the authors. The conclusions of their survey show that less than 3% Americans donated at least 10% of their income.

Smith and Davidson even came up with the definitions of what they call true and ‘counterfeit’ giving. The effects of fake giving on health and happiness of donor are not very positive or profound. However, by ‘faking it’ for a good amount of time, one can actually reach a stage of true giving eventually.

And, we at Crowdera, are there for both kind of givers. Go through our campaigns, and you are sure to land up with some cause you identify with. Make Crowdera your regular giving partner and help people from across the world in need of funds.