Be generous a little, not even as the raindrop pelt the roof, is enough to make you happier. This is what research says.
“Generosity makes people happier, even if they are only a little generous. People who act solely out of self- interest are less happy. Merely promising to be more generous is enough to trigger a change in our brains that makes us happier. This is what UZH neuroeconomists found in a recent study.
In their experiments, the researchers found that people who behaved generously were happier afterwards than those who behaved more selfishly. However, the amount of generosity did not influence the increase in contentment. “You don’t need to become a self- sacrificing martyr to feel happier. Just being a little more generous will suffice,” says Philippe Tobler. Before the experiment started, some of the study participants had verbally committed to behaving generously towards other people.
This group was willing to accept higher costs in order to do something nice for someone else. They also considered themselves happier after their generous behavior (but not beforehand) than the control group, who had committed to behaving generously toward themselves.”
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