How to be happier…
and treat yo’self by treating others.
“I can honestly say that every gift I've ever given has brought at least as much happiness to me as it has to the person I've given it to.”
- Oprah Winfrey
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Want to make yourself happier?
Have you ever thought to yourself, “How can I be happier?” or “What would make me happy?” Regardless of how great your life may be, if you’re human, you probably have wondered how you could increase your happiness or life satisfaction. You may have turned to sweets, happy hours, therapy, massages, vacations, or other forms of self-care focused on making you feel better. But, as it turns out, the key to making yourself happier is to focus on making someone else happy instead.
According to Chade-Meng Tan, a former software engineer and author of Joy on Demand, increasing happiness is not as hard as you might think. Tan believes that happiness is something we can achieve through practicing mindfulness, emotional resilience, and compassion.
While the first two steps involve meditation and inner reflection, this last one is even easier to do. All we have to do is wish for someone else’s happiness. Tan suggests that if you pick someone like a friend, family member or coworker and visualize their happiness, you will in turn become at least a little happier yourself. But it may be even more effective if we actually help someone else to be happier…
do good to feel good.
Numerous studies have found a correlation between doing good and feeling good. For example, in a 2016 study titled “Do unto others or treat yourself?” researchers found that participants who did something to benefit others were more likely to report feeling happy than people who did nothing. And, despite what all the #selfcare posts on Instagram may tell us, participants who treated themselves (instead of someone else) did not see any lasting improvement in happiness or well-being.
volunteering & Philanthropy as a form of self-care.
So where should you start? Of course you could begin by doing nice things for people you know, and you should! But volunteering with an organization like Skysthelimit.org provides some additional benefits.
Social connectivity - According to Harvard Health, increasing your social connections can have a positive impact on your health. At Skysthelimit.org, our volunteers become part of a larger community of entrepreneurs and their supporters.
Sense of purpose - Volunteering can also give you a greater sense of purpose in life. While you may not be able to change the whole world at once, you can change one person’s world and increase your own well-being at the same time.
Acts of Novelty - Volunteering with young entrepreneurs can double your happiness potential! According to the Journal of Social Psychology, both acts of kindness and acts of novelty can increase life satisfaction. As a Skysthelimit.org volunteer, you’re guaranteed to run into new experiences challenges, and as you help young entrepreneurs to navigate them, you’ll also be helping yourself!
In addition to all of the above, Skysthelimit.org is one of the most convenient and impactful volunteer opportunities. How often do you have the opportunity to change lives from the comfort of your office or living room? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up now to learn more.
If volunteering isn’t your thing, don’t worry! You can also get similar benefits by donating $1.00 or more to our Friends & Family Fund. Not only does giving to nonprofits increase happiness, our unique donor system allows you to vote for the entrepreneurs you want our community to fund! Read about one donor’s experience or get some dopamine hits of your own.