Recently, we posted an article on ways to improve your mood, according to psychologists. As we watch the news coming from Texas regarding the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, we are reminded of #12 on the list.
#12. Spend money on others, not yourself.
When you’ve had a really bad day, you might have the urge to go and buy your favorite comfort food or finally purchase that pair of shoes you’ve been eyeing for the last three months. However, research shows that you’ll feel happier if you spend that money on someone else, instead of yourself.
Case in point: A 2008 study gave 46 volunteers an envelope with money in it wherein half were instructed to spend the money on themselves and the other half put the money towards a charitable donation or gift for someone they knew. The volunteers recorded their happiness level before receiving the envelope and after spending the money by the end of that same day.
Sure enough, the researchers discovered that those who spent their money on others had a higher level of happiness than those who spent the money on themselves.
Below is a link, from Charity Navigator, to charities providing assistance in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The second link includes further ways to help. If you can give, please consider doing so.