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Nonprofits Can Make You Happier

Over the past month, I have had the opportunity to work with Cystic Fibrosis Worldwide (CFW) and Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity.

I am currently working on several grant projects with both organizations. Grants are a major source  of funding for most nonprofit organizations. Without the support of foundations, governments, and corporations, nonprofits are unable to fulfill their missions, which usually benefit society as a whole regardless of target populations.

Although grants are a major source of funding , individuals can also help support nonprofits through donations and volunteerism. Research shows that charity work has a variety of personal benefits. According to Gretchen Rice, author of The Happiness Project, “Those who work to further causes they value tend to be happier and healthier, experience fewer aches and pains, and even live longer.”

After a month of working with two nonprofits, I agree with Rice. Not only am doing work I love (aka writing), but I am helping society at the same time. It is difficult to have a bad day at work when I know that  my services are going to help build a home for a struggling family or provide medical support to a sick patient. At the end of the day, I am proud of the work I’ve done.

Even if you don’t work for a nonprofit, everyone can feel this same sense of pride by volunteering or donating. I would love to hear what organizations you support and why. Do you think working with, donating to, or volunteering for nonprofits makes you happier?

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