2. Giving makes you happier
Studies show that people who give tend to have lower rates of depression and higher rates of self-reported happiness.
“People are more likely to feel what’s sometimes called a helper’s high when they contribute to the lives of people around them,” explains Post, who co-authored the book Why Good Things Happen to Good People. He describes one study from Harvard, for which people suffering from multiple sclerosis were trained to make compassionate calls to other people suffering from the disease. “[The callers] showed lower depression rates after a period of six weeks,” he says.