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Helping those in need is always a good thing but with the COVID-19 pandemic still affecting the United States so much, it’s even more important than ever. You may not realize it but give back during these trying times – whether it be in big or small ways – can provide various benefits for your own well being. Helping those in need can give people a sense of purpose and while it may not be possible for us to completely eradicate the virus this way, it’s good to know we can help make a difference in these trying times. Here are a few of the personal benefits that can come from helping those in need in the wake of COVID-19.

It Can Provide Peace of Mind

No matter what your situation is like during the pandemic, it’s likely you’re anxious or stressed out right now, and that’s okay! Even if you’re still working, it’s possible that you could be stressed out about you or your loved ones falling ill, or one of your loved ones’ financial situations. A great way to alleviate some of this stress is by helping those in need right now. Instead of focusing on so much of the bad, put your focus towards how you can make life easier for others right now. This should help put you in a better mood and make the whole situation a little easier. 

It Can Provide Financial Benefits

When we talk about receiving financial benefits from being charitable right now, we don’t just mean your money. While there are some ways that being charitable can help you save money, such as tax deductions, it can also teach you a lot about your money and how it’s being used by these various groups. If you have a particular group you’d like to donate to, be sure to research them to make sure they’re legitimate and how they use the money you plan to give them. On top of that, look into the tax breaks you’d receive by donating to them as it can save you a considerable amount of money this year.

Can Improve Your Health

Our health is more important than ever during the pandemic. While nobody is immune to the virus, keeping up with your health is ultimately going to make it less likely that you get sick. Studies have shown that those who volunteer or give back to their communities are often healthier than those who don’t, such as having improved cognitive function later in life or having good blood pressure levels.