A study of college students found that those who received money to spend on someone else reported being in a better mood throughout the day than those who spent the money on themselves.
Recently I had the joy of experiencing a “helper’s high” first-hand during a Costco trip with Mom for a birthday shop. You see, Costco is about 45 minutes from my folk’s home and they aren’t members. How they manage to survive is beyond me, but that’s another story.
Despite my mother’s practical protests, I continued to fill the cart so high with goodies, locating the next free sample was a strain. And yet, it was me who was high as a kite feeling the overwhelming power of giving. Truthfully, it wasn’t just the coin I was spending, but the time invested in sharing a few distracted-free days with my parents. After all, time was the birthday gift my Mother most desired.
Fellow motivational speaker Marilyn Sherman makes it a point to regularly feed the homeless. Others I know give freely of their time and energy to support the growth of others. Giving of one’s self through volunteering has always been a remedy when feeling sadness. Wonderful to see research continue to support what many of us have come to know: It is better to give than receive.