Can you do your part to help make the world a little better for the next 100 days?
When you give, you’re more likely to get back: Several studies suggest that when you give to others, your generosity is likely to be rewarded by others down the line – sometimes by the person you helped, sometimes by someone else.
A 2008 study by Harvard Business School found that giving money to someone else lifted participants’ happiness more than spending it on themselves (despite participants’ prediction that spending on themselves would make them happier).
A wide range of research has linked different forms of generosity to better health, even among the sick and elderly.
Whether you’re on the giving or receiving end, helping can elicit feelings of gratitude and research has found that gratitude is integral to happiness, health, and social bonds.
When we give, we don’t only help the immediate recipient of our gift. We also spur a ripple effect of generosity through our community that can influence dozens or even hundreds of people.