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Should you give money to beggars? Show more Show less

For people fortunate enough to have extra money in their pockets, giving it away can be fraught with stress. The decision to give or not to give money to homeless people has real-world consequences. This question is not concerned with the legality of giving money, but rather with the moral and ethical dilemma that goes along with it.

Yes, you should always give to those who have less. Show more Show less

If you were homeless, you'd want someone to help you out with money.
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It will make you feel good.

Acts of kindness are oftentimes more for the person doing the act than the recipient.
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Doing good deeds is related to a whole host of health benefits, including weight control, blood pressure, chronic pain, and depression. The brain releases "feel-good" neurotransmitters when you give charitably, in a cycle that phsycologists call "the helper's high" .

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Counter arguments

It may make you feel good to give in the moment, but if you are conflicted about whether it was the right decision you may ultimately feel worse.



Rejecting the premises

Giving to beggars is not a good deed and as such will not make you feel good.


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