As the year winds down, and temperatures get colder, the holidays can be a stressful time. Perhaps that frustration starts when stores start offering out their Christmas decorations in August.  However, you don’t have to be Buddy the Elf to start feeling better about the season.

A recent study showed that donating to charity can help to reduce stress.

Elizabeth Dunn, a psychology professor at the University of British Columbia, noted that people who give money to charity tend to be happier.  She noted experiments in which people were given money. The subject could spend the money on themselves or other people. Those that gave it to others, were happiest. With happiness, also comes a health benefit. Her study showed that donating to charity lowers blood pressure.  “Money doesn’t seem to buy quite as much happiness as many people assume,” she said.

Fortunately, this is also the season in which many foundations will provide opportunities to be charitable. For example, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Perhaps one could choose to raise awareness by participating in a 5K, volunteering, or donating to a cause and wearing pink.

If you run a charitable organization, it’s best to allow for multiple options that would allow people to give to your cause. Not as many people carry their checkbooks on them as they use to, and sometimes people don’t have enough cash on hand. This doesn’t have to be an obstacle.

If you want to be able to provide a better opportunity for people to donate to your cause, Compass Pay is the phone payment solution for you. Our system also allows your customers to make a payment, and can send a notification by text. We can also add the option to send a receipt to the donor’s email for tax purposes. Best of all, with Compass Pay, your clients’ information is secure. Compass Pay was developed in accordance with PCI compliance standards. Information that is processed, stored or transmitted through Compass Pay is done so on a secure server.