From The Motley Fool:
As the holidays set in and the season of giving begins to brush elbows with the cabal of commercialism, we’re presented with — to borrow from the classic education vernacular — an ideal “teaching moment.”
So exactly how do you convince those in a material world to love giving as much as getting? Easy: Explain how one begets the other.
Giving makes you happier
Behaving charitably really is good for you — and not just in an “eat your peas” way. Research has shown that the benefits of generosity are twofold.
First, we get a psychological lift from helping others. According to Knox College psychology professor Timothy Kasser, people who focus on generosity are happier (and healthier!) than those mired in materialism.