Happy Giving, Happy Songs

Happy Giving

A couple of years ago I shared a TedTalk about the scientific proof that people who donate money are happier. That talk, presented by Michael Norton, was recently featured in an NPR “TED Radio Hour” episode exploring ideas worth spreading.

“Social scientist researches how money can buy happiness — when you don’t spend it on yourself. The key is social spending that benefits not just you, but other people.”

Norton, an Associate Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, says “what people do with their money makes a difference” and that giving money away makes us happier. Listen to the story here.

Happy Songs

An excerpt of a song was played at the end of the NPR interview with Norton called “We won’t ever be rich (but we could be happy) by The Candle Thieves. I liked what I heard, and I did a quick search to find the full song. Take a listen:

It reminded me of another catchy tune that had me and a couple of co-workers singing along with it earlier this week. You are probably familiar with “Happy,” a Pharrell Williams song from the movie Despicable Me 2:

Need more happy in your life? Then “clap along” and find a cause to support today! In Chattanooga, find a cause here. Everyone else, visit here, here or here.

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