If You Want to Be Happy, Give It Away!

Be HappyFeeling down? Thinking a lot about your own problems? Take some time each day to give something away and you will be a LOT Happier! That’s what recent research says according to Marla Jo Fisher, author of “Helping others will make you happy”, in the OC Register.

A 2007 study published by Science magazine found that people felt happier when they gave money to others than when they spent it on themselves. Researchers at Harvard University gave participants money and told half the subjects to spend it on themselves, the other half were to give it away to others. The people who gave their money away felt happier than those who bought something for themselves.

I love that giving it away caused them to feel HAPPIER!! As in they feel “more” happy than if they received something themselves. Amazing!

“The moral is that the more you engage yourself to help others, the more you’ll help yourself. If you’re down in the doldrums for whatever reason, doing something nice for someone will generate positive feelings that will radiate back to you…….Even if it’s just smiling or complimenting someone’s hair, you’re paying it forward at that moment.” Marla Jo says.

After I read her article, I started thinking about how great giving does really make me feel, especially seeing the reactions of those who are on the receiving end. It is a reward in itself to watch the big smile unfold, receive the thankful hug, and see the joy on their faces.

“If you want more happy than your hear will hold,

If you want to stand taller if the truth were told,

Take whatever you have, and give it away.

If you want less lonely and a lot more fun,

And deep satisfaction when the day is done,

Then throw your heart wide open and give it away.”

“Give It Away” by Gloria Gaither, Benjamin Gaither

Don’t know what to give?

Give away a kind word or a compliment. Share something you really enjoy like a cookie or your favorite eye shadow. Give your time to walk someone to where they are going if they don’t know the way. Share a listening ear. Bring someone something they don’t expect – like a cup of coffee and an apple fritter. Treat someone to breakfast, lunch or dinner. Give a Smile, or a Hug, or a Smile and a Hug. There are many things you can give away to others each day that don’t cost a dime. And if you do have a lot of dimes, give those away, too!!


About Candace

Candy Dye is a Nurse Practitioner and teacher that loves everything about health, wellness, looking beautiful, and being with people who enjoy life and love to have fun!

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