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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Perception gap: Is it better to give than to get?

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🎧 Listen to Episode 6 to learn how generosity generates happiness within you 🎧
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Welcome to Perception Gaps, a new podcast from the Monitor.

This episode covers a topic near and dear to my heart: generosity. As a child, I was blessed by the generosity of strangers. Did you know that the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is when Americans give the most? For good reason! A lot of people feel the holiday spirit, and feel motivated to give to those around them.

In this episode we explore the joy that comes from giving to others. Michael Norton, coauthor of the book "Happy Money," said their research confirmed what many of you may already know: You experience more happiness from giving to others than from buying a treat for yourself. That coffee? Maybe treat the person behind you in line. That Salvation Army bell-ringer? Why not drop a few bucks into the bucket and wish him a Happy New Year. Or lean in and provide a winter coat and boots to a child in need. You could make a lasting impact, one that has ripple effects for generations to come.

As we approach the holidays, look for opportunities around you to give. You will not be disappointed. And in fact, you might find generosity generates happiness within you.

Samantha Laine Perfas

Digital Media Producer


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Those things work miracles in your heart and in your spirit … People give to those organizations and to those programs because they know there's a need and that's how they can help. And if you deny [that help], I have learned, if you deny somebody's ability to help you, you're denying them the blessing of being able to help."

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