Friday, March 20, 2009

Give and Be Happy

Newsweek recently published an interesting article called "The Science Behind Our Generosity", which sites a study that states that out of 30,000 Americans surveyed, those that give to charities were 43% more likely to say they were "very happy" about their lives.
It may seem odd to talk about giving more now, when we all feel so tapped out and worried. But that's not a very good excuse. No matter how hard hit we are by the economic slowdown, we are still vastly better off than those who are so poor that they struggle to meet their basic needs. Yet, though it would take comparatively little effort on our part, few of us choose to help them. Why is that?

The article also sites a statistic from UNICEF, which tells us that nearly 10 million children under five die each year from causes like inadequate sanitation, malnutrition, and unclean water. Even though times are getting tighter for most Americans, the fact is that we could easily give more than we do. Eliminate all restaurant meals and you could give from $10-100 a month, depending on how often you eat out. Isn't it worth not eating out so a child can eat in?

1 comment:

Seraphim said...

Hi there

You have an interesting blog here, and I completely agree with your sentiments in this post. We don't have much room to move in our budget each month, and yet I still ensure I give what I can (money, time, materials) to those charities that are important to me. It's good karma after all ;) And it does us all good to remember that no matter how bad things are, there are always people worse off!