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What does the research suggest about the relationship between giving and happiness?


Research has consistently shown a strong correlation between giving and happiness. Daffy, with over 50 years of research in this field, has found that the earlier a person starts to give, the better their life circumstances are. This is not just about the financial aspect, but also about the mental and physical benefits that come with it. One study reveals that increasing your wealth by $100,000 a year only increases your happiness by an average of 2%. However, incorporating values such as love, family, friends, spirituality, community, and charitable giving into your life can lead to true happiness. Giving not only makes you happier but also healthier. It activates the mesolimbic pathway in your brain, which is associated with the perception of reward. This means that the same part of your brain that activates when you eat an ice cream cone also activates when you give an ice cream cone to someone else. Moreover, giving creates a domino effect, inspiring others to pay it forward. This ripple effect can lead to a more generous and happier society. Dr. Elizabeth Dunn's research suggests that people who give are more likely to enjoy both better physical and emotional health throughout their lives. Other studies have found that giving can improve heart health and lower blood pressure. With all these benefits, it's clear that giving should be a part of our lives. And what better way to start than with a Donor-Advised Fund (DAF) like Daffy? With Daffy, you can start giving early and reap the benefits of a happier, healthier life. So why wait? Start your giving journey with Daffy today.

Please note that the information contained on this page is for educational purposes only and should not be considered tax advice. Any calculations are intended to be illustrative and do not reflect all of the potential complexities of individual tax returns. To assess your specific tax situation, please consult with a tax professional.

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