The World Happiness Report provides data and research used around the world to help shape and inform policy.
Among its findings: giving to others is good for you. It makes you feel happy.1-8
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1 Anik, L., Aknin, L. B., Norton, M. I., & Dunn, E. W. (2010). Feeling Good about Giving: The Benefits (and Costs) of Self-Interested Charitable Behavior. Harvard Business School Discussion Paper No. 10-012.
2 Brown, S. L., Nesse, R.M., Vinokur, A.D., & Smith, D.M. (2003). Providing social support may be more beneficial than receiving it: Results from a prospective study of mortality. Psychological Science, 14(4), 320-7.
3 Fowler, J.H., & Christakis, N. A. (2008) Dynamic spread of happiness in a large social network: longitudinal analysis over 20 years in the Framingham Heart Study. British Medical Journal. doi:10.1136/bmj.a2338
4 Lyubomirsky, S. (2007). The How of Happiness: A practical guide to getting the life you want. London: Sphere.
5 Lyubomirsky, S., King, L., & Diener, E. (2005). The benefits of frequent positive affect: Does happiness lead to success? Psychological Bulletin, 131(6), 803-855. doi:10.1037/0033-2909.131.6.803
6 Meier, S. & Stutzer, A. (2008). Is volunteering rewarding in itself? Economica, 75(1), 39-59.
7 Schwartz, C. E., & Sendor, M. (1999). Helping others helps oneself: Response shift effects in peer support. Social Science & Medicine, 48(11), 1563-1575. doi:10.1016/S0277-9536(99)00049-0
8 Singer, T., Seymour, B., O’Doherty, J., Kaube, H., Dolan, R., & Frith, C. (2004). Empathy for pain involves the affective but not sensory components of pain. Science, 303, 1157–62.