The benefits of donating and volunteering to a good cause.

We love connecting change makers to the charities and causes closest to their heart. Whether it be giving your time (there are hundreds of Charity Volunteer projects on offer) your talent (we have loads of skilled volunteer projects to choose from) or your treasure (donate and fundraising for Charities of your choice) – The benefits of donating and volunteering to a good cause are profound.

What are the benefits of volunteering and donating ? Well, we're glad you asked. First off, Giving makes us feel happy so much so, it's now commonly referred to as a "helper's high". A study by Harvard Business School professor Michael Norton and colleagues found that giving money and Charity Gift Vouchers to someone else lifted participants’ happiness more that spending it on themselves (despite participants’ prediction that spending on themselves would make them happier).

Next, giving is great for our physical and mental health. So whether it be training for a fun run or volunteering out in nature with friends, you not only will help great causes but you will also be helping your own health and social contentedness. And giving back may even extend you life! Yes, a famous study led by Doug Oman of the University of California, Berkeley, found that elderly people who volunteered for two or more organizations were 44 percent less likely to die over a five-year period than were non-volunteers, even after controlling for their age, exercise habits, general health, and negative health habits like smoking.

Read on to find out how you can give your time or raise money for the Charity of your choice. You can also learn about sending Charity Gift Vouchers so that you and your friends and family can also get involved in giving back. So, what are you waiting for? The benefits of volunteering and donating awaits...