Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Generous Givers Are Happier
This is what we talked about on WKYB this morning.
Habits of generosity make people happier.
These habits flow from a worldview of abundance and generosity. People who think the world has a point and their lives in it have a purpose are more likely to give their time and money to others - and to give their care to other people in their lives.
People who do not think life has a larger purpose give less, and are less happy as a result. Fully 45% of the population give no charitable gifts. At Christmastime, especially, this is so hard to fathom.
The generous portion of the population makes the society go 'round. And they reap happier lives, as a result.
(I commend The Paradox of Generosity, by Christian Smith and Hillary Davidson, for more details on this research.)