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Day 23: Grateful for gifting

Want to be happy? Give a little bit.

Studies show that people who spent even small amounts of money on other people felt measurably happier than when they spent it on themselves.

Across the 136 countries studied, donating to charity had a similar relationship to happiness as doubling household income! The link between this type of spending and happiness seems to be remarkably universal.

And while donating a few cents each day may not feel like it’s going to make a big impact, if everybody did the same, it would make a massive difference.

No donation is too small, especially if you can encourage others to join you in supporting a great cause. You can make a one-off gift or sign up to make it a regular thing – many workplaces will even match your giving.

Some faiths give 10 per cent of their income to charity or a cause they believe in. Other people feed a special piggy bank to later donate. Many people embark on fundraising activities to support their chosen cause.

Whatever your motivation for selecting a beneficiary, ensure you give from a place in you that feels good about making a donation. Many people say that when you give with good intentions, great things come into your life.

We hope you can consider donating to our charity, the m.a.d.woman foundation to help us help people in need. Not only do we need funds, but we also need hands to help us. You can sign up to volunteer.

Helping those less fortunate than you is a great way of making yourself feel good and to give your recipients a reason to foster an attitude of gratitude themselves.

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