“For it is in giving that we receive.”
- Saint Francis of Assisi
The research included a national survey in which 632 American men and women were surveyed on how much they made annually how much they spent each month on bills, expenses, and gifts for themselves; and what they spent monthly on gifts for other people and donations to charities. They were also asked to rate their levels of happiness.
You can’t buy love, but it might be able to buy you happiness if you spend it correctly. Hence, think again about how you want to spend your money if you want to maximize your happiness.
Gift-giving doesn’t have to occasion-dependent. Make a list of the people in your life that you are grateful for, and find a gift without an occasion to go with it. Guaranteed, they will be pleasantly surprised.