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Giving Back creates Happiness

Read three views on the benefits of giving.



1. Giving Back creates Happiness: an economist and social scientist

An excerpts from the speech Why Giving Matters

By Arthur C. Brooks

“Acts of charity—giving money, serving others, even donating blood—create a remarkable return, lifting us spiritually and financially...

...The Happy Result of Giving

"The more I ran the numbers, the more I kept getting this crazy result. (When our country gets richer, people give more away. And as we give more away, that translates into economic growth for our country.) But still I refused to believe it. In desperation I finally went to a colleague who specialized in the psychology of charitable giving. “I’m getting this result I can’t understand,” I told him. “It doesn’t make sense. It’s like the hand of God or something on the economy, and I can’t believe it’s true.” “Why don’t you believe it’s true?” he asked me. “You’re a Christian, aren’t you?” This shook me a bit, but just for a second. “Yeah, but I’m also a social scientist,” I shot back. “We’re not supposed to believe those things. I need a more earthbound explanation.” “Well, I’ll give you one,” he said. “We’ve known this for 30 years in the psychology profession. You economists you worry about money all the time, and money is boring. We worry about something that people really care about—the currency by which we really spend our days—and that’s happiness. We’ve known for 30 years that people who give get happier as a result.” Now I knew from teaching at a business school that the best way to run a successful business is to hire happy people. If you want to be a productive person, work on your happiness. Happy people show up for work more, work longer hours, work more joyfully, and are happier with every aspect of their productive lives. 4 Why Giving Matters Happiness is the secret to success. Charity brings happiness, and happiness brings success. People who give to charity are 43 percent more likely than people who don’t give to say they’re very happy people. People who give blood are twice as likely to say they’re very happy people as people who don’t. People who volunteer are happier. You simply can’t find any kind of service that won’t make you happier. Studies show that when people give, it lowers their levels of stress. People who do their jobs with less stress tend to be more productive and successful. Throughout our lives, if we can find ways to relax, we will profit from it.”

Read the full article.


Arthur C. Brooks: Gratitude is a choice

2. Giving Back creates Happiness: a country and culture

Gross National Happiness Measures Quality Of Life, NPR

“The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has pledged to manage its nation's well-being by measuring Gross National Happiness, rather than the more popular gauge Gross Domestic Product. In Vermont, a global gathering of proponents of this alternative scale gathered to discuss GNH and how to adapt it for Western use.”


3. Giving Back creates Happiness: a business owner and cultural creative

An excerpts from the article “The Gift”

by Yael Alkalay

“This is... the time of year to consider the impact of charity. The charity of time, goods or funds donated exemplifies the recognition that the most meaningful way to give is to give as much as you can to those in need.”

"Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them."

-- Marvin J. Ashton.


With your help we set the table for over 2,000 homeless and hungry New Yorkers this thanksgiving by the collective donations made by our red flower patrons.  Together we gave support our neighbor, the Bowery Mission, a vital part of nolita, nyc.

red flower is taking an active role in the fight against hunger by donating to The Bowery Mission, serving homeless and hungry New Yorkers since 1879. This year, through help from donors and volunteers, The Bowery Mission has provided more than 369,200 meals, 30,500 bags of groceries, 79,300 nights of shelter and 53,200 articles of clothing, as well as showers, haircuts, 511 professional doctor’s appointments and 92 eye examinations at their in-house clinic.


How do you find happiness?