Michael Norton shares fascinating research on how money can buy happiness — that is, when you don’t spend it on yourself.
“Giving to others gives us pleasure. It makes us happier people which in turn leads us to give more which makes us even happier and… you get the picture.” — says Brady Josephson who wrote “Want to be Happier? Give More. Give Better.” Likewise, in “Want to be Happier? Stop Being So Cheap,” author Jordan Michael Smith discusses the correlation between generosity and happiness. In fact, doing an Internet search on “happiness and donations” resulted in more than 1,200,000 articles that supports the good feeling you get when giving to a worthy cause.
The Parkinson Alliance is a worthy cause and one we both personally support. It is dedicated to raising funds to help finance the most promising research to find the cause and cure for Parkinson’s, and we certainly welcome any donation. Each of us also support other organizations. For example, Margaret loves horses and she regularly supports Habitat for Horses. After watching Norton’s talk, we visited DonorsChoose.org and completely funded a project at a South Carolina school so that special needs children could have a day with therapy horses. Immediately we felt great and agreed, you absolutely can buy happiness!
– Margaret Tuchman & her blogging partner, Gloria Hansen