Reduce the distance between the work you do and the people it impacts.
Doing so increases your satisfaction, and increases the likelihood that you will make sound, ethical decisions for your organization and your community.
When it comes to helping others, this means we not only make ourselves happier, we increase the chance that we’ll continue such efforts in the future and that we’ll make a difference for the people and causes we care about.
In her TED Talk, Elizabeth Dunn shares her research and experience on how we should go about helping others, a message that we’d all be wise to embrace.
Check it out:
TED: “Research shows that helping others makes us happier. But in her groundbreaking work on generosity and joy, social psychologist Elizabeth Dunn found that there’s a catch: it matters how we help. Learn how we can make a greater impact — and boost our own happiness along the way — if we make one key shift in how we help others. “Let’s stop thinking about giving as just this moral obligation and start thinking of it as a source of pleasure,” Dunn says.“