“…It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Research proves this advice is scientifically sound. In a recent study from Harvard University, “Prosocial Spending and Happiness: Using Money to Benefit Others Pays Off” researchers looked at the connection between giving and happiness. Their paper clearly establishes a link between spending money on others versus yourself.

They even studied toddlers who gave snacks to a puppet. The children’s facial expressions were coded for happiness. The toddlers showed more excitement when giving treats to the puppet than when they received the treats. Even more interesting, the children had the most happiness when they gave the puppet treats from their own stash (versus an extra treat provided by the experimenter.)

– Dawn Brotherton

via Harvard study: Where does happiness really come from? – AGBeat.