Did you know that giving to others increases well-being above and beyond spending money on ourselves. Heaps of studies have researched this, one of them is published by Professor Michael Norton in Science by Harvard Business School where participants received a sum of money. Half of the participants were instructed to spend the money on themselves and the other half were told to spend the money on others. At the end of the study, participants that had spent money on others felt significantly happier than those that had spent money on themselves.
“Nobody has any idea of how the job market will look like in 30 years. Therefore no one knows what to teach children. I would invest in emotional intelligence because it is fundamental in order to cope in a constantly changing world. The problems is no one really knows how to teach emotional intelligence on a massive scale.” - Yuval Harari Author of Sapiens & Homo Deus.
Today, more people die from suicide than from terrorism, war and murders - combined. That this happens at a time where we as humans have most opportunity to live a long and healthy life is a disconnect we want to explore and challenge. We would love to have you join us on our mission!
Another myth is the idea that we need more of something in order to be happy. Actually - it could be the other way around and instead giving to others can give you a happiness boost. Whether it’s through helping charity or just a small act of kindness, altruism makes us feel good. One study even found that the happiness gleaned from volunteering can increase your longevity.
“This is the real secret of life -- to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.” ― Alan W. Watts
There are many myths when it comes to happiness, one of them is the idea that “my best days are over” - research suggests this is simply not true, but instead the opposite! Results from a 2013 Harris Poll revealed that life satisfaction is higher for older adults than young adults. Nearly 50 percent of Americans over the age of 65 are very happy, compared to just 31 percent of those ages 18-24.