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February 8, 2013
Q. How might you give yourself the gift of happiness?
A. By helping others, since the helper is helped every bit as much as the person being helped, says David G. Myers in “Psychology: Tenth Edition.” One of psychology's most consistent findings is that happiness doesn't just feel good, it does good. In study after study, a mood-boosting experience such as finding money, succeeding on a challenging task, or recalling a happy event made people more likely to donate money, volunteer time, pick up dropped papers and more — called the “feel good, do good phenomenon.”
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