How to increase happiness: give it away!

I have written about the risk of giving away money unintentionally.

http://ezinearticles.com/?How-To-Avoid-Giving-Away-Money-Unintentionally&id=9172127

I have also written about some of the findings from scientific research into happiness. Another finding is that, unlike money, happiness grows when you give it away.  In other words, you find yourself feeling happier after you have done something to make someone else happy. I don’t know if anyone knows why, but it seems to be so.

How? Could you volunteer for something?

Of course, not everyone is cut out to be a do-gooder. I know I am not. I prefer to keep to myself. Except online. But it is a matter of degree. Even doing a little to help someone, occasionally, can do you good.

Where to start? There are lots of charities and not-for-profit organisations that are always looking for another volunteer. Increasingly, local authorities are inviting the public to volunteer in some of their activities too. Pick one that suits you, both in the nature of the activity and the organisation’s objectives. If you love animals, an animal charity may be best. If you are concerned about poverty in other parts of the world, you might find an opportunity to go overseas to volunteer with a project, or you could get involved in publicity or fundraising without leaving home.

If you find you cannot cope with too much organisation, you don’t have to. Just find someone who needs a little help and provide it on a one-to-one basis, whether doing their garden, taking them out, or just sitting and listening to them for a bit.

There are many reasons for doing good, but one is that it does you good. Amazing!

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