Giving = Happiness
It’s a well known proverb that money can’t buy happiness, but according to a recent study by scientists at the University of British Columbia, giving money away may be able to do so. They found a correlation between a person’s happiness and the amount of money that they give to others. Psychologist Elizabeth Dunn stated “Regardless of how much income each person made, those who spent money on others reported greater happiness, while those who spent more on themselves did not.”
Someone apparently doesn't need to donate thousands of dollars on others to reap a gleeful reward. Researchers gave college students a $20 bill, asking them to spend the money by that evening. Half the participants were instructed to spend the money on themselves, and the remaining students to spend on others. Participants who spent the windfall on others reported feeling happier at the end of the day than those who spent the money on themselves.
If such small sums spent on others can produce a surge in happiness on a given day, why don't people make these changes? In a study of more than 100 college students, researchers found that most students thought personal spending would make them happier than spending on others. While it does cause momentarily happiness, the warm feelings are short-lived.
There are a number of benefits about giving:
• People feel good about themselves when they do it.
• It helps build social relationships.
• It helps a person express a certain identity.
• It provides a mean to life. Giving away money to a cause you believe in is a more effective purchase than buying a T-shirt that says "Save a Whale.'"
Every house corporation should engage in fundraising to maintain the chapter house, raise scholarship money, for team building, to unify alums and to attract volunteers. Now you have one more reason: You are helping boost your brothers’ happiness by giving them an opportunityto give.
For more ideas on fundraising, contact your Grand Trustee.