Do something generous this week, and stretch if you can. Be more generous than usual.

Research is clear that giving to others improves our health and well-being. When we are generous, our outlook on life changes, and ironically, we begin to “perceive others more positively,” says Sonja Lyubomirsky in this video from our Science of a Meaningful Life series.

Find someone or something to which you can give generously today. Give your time, lend your expertise, or make a financial contribution to a cause that needs your support. You’ll be happier for it!

© 2011 Christine Carter, Ph.D.

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