Why Do Good?
Aside from the fact that being kind feels good, there are proven health benefits to being nice. Yes, being kind is good for you! Not only have researchers found that volunteering may help you reduce stress, but that parts of the brain linked to dopamine and serotonin production (yes, the happy hormones) are activated when people take part in altruistic behaviour (for example, donating to a worthy cause).
It’s human to feel powerless, but a unifying thought that can serve as a small comfort is knowing there’s power in what we do with our wallets. For those who are in a financial position to be able to make non-essential purchases, we can choose to do so in a way that supports small businesses.
Christmas is an extremely powerful time to help out, you are buying something anyway, why not do so and give someone doing it tough a helping hand?