Investing in Happiness - The Cheesier the Better October 05, 2018 13:00
We’re not talking about investments you can track on the stock market, we wouldn’t dare try to tell you about that. We’re talking about small, personal purchase investments. On this subject, we’re well versed.
Everyone knows that homes, cars, and even art can be large investments, but let’s think about less elaborate forms of micro investing for a minute.
- Is helping a social cause worth a monetary donation?
- Can a reusable product that helps to cut down on plastic waste be a good investment?
- What about sending someone you care about a special note; worth the time and minimal spending?
Most people will probably say yes to at least one of these questions, and likely, all three. Why?
Because doing good makes us feel good!
Sounds incredibly simple and possibly a bit cheesey (yes, we know, a lot cheesey), but it’s true!
A study conducted by students at Harvard Business School concluded without a doubt that “[h]appier people give more and giving makes people happier, such that happiness and giving may operate in a positive feedback loop…” (Feeling Good About Giving, 17). How about that. A positive feedback loop of giving and feeling better sounds pretty great to us! So help a social cause, reuse the things you purchase, and spread the love with handwritten notes. It’ll make you feel better while helping the people and causes you care about the most.
That’s it! A short and sweet speech about small purchase investments through the eyes of Art Restart. Just give and feel good.
Pssssst! Want to know a way you can help even MORE people? Make those micro investments by purchasing with Art Restart!
With every item, a percentage of the cost goes back to the local woman artist who is experiencing poverty or homelessness, and the rest goes straight back to The Gathering Place. We have scarves to keep your loved ones warm, reusable tote bags the can help the planet while helping you to carry all of your prized possessions, and cards that help you send warm wishes, written kisses, and holiday greetings. Make every investment feel like you’re making a difference in the community while perpetuating a positive feedback loop in your life with Art Restart (cheesiest thing we’ve said yet, but still true).
Read the Harvard Study by finding “Feeling Good about Giving: The Benefits (and Costs) of Self-Interested Charitable Behavior” by Lalin Anik, Lara B. Aknin, Michael I. Norton, Elizabeth W. Dunn.