Study links happiness levels with generosity

Looking out for the needs of others can make you happier than looking out for yourself, a new study out of Switzerland shows.

Researchers working with the University of Zurich had participants describe their levels of happiness after helping other people, according to The Christian Post. The study’s subjects were given a small allotment of money. Half were instructed to spend it on other people, and the other half were told to spend it on themselves.

“Doing something nice for another person gives many people a pleasant feeling that behavioral economists call ‘a warm glow,’” the university said in a statement.

Participants consistently said being generous made them happy. MRI brain scans confirmed their input. (TAB)