But don’t just take MY word for it—know that science also tells us that investing in others is really an investment in ourselves. And organizations such as Harvard and University of California Berkeley have also published research on this simple trick to improve happiness.
So how does this work as a strategy? You do something! And it doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, it can be as simple as just sending an encouraging email or text. And that’s something that you can do right now, today.
Maybe this note is to your kid, or your spouse, or even a co-worker. Tell your kid that she’ll nail that test; let your co-worker know that your day is better because he always has your back; share with your spouse that you appreciate the little things they do each day that make your life better. Just the act of sending that text or email, regardless of the reaction of the receiver, makes you happy.
Oddly, investing in others makes your day better and gives you motivation for bad days. So, today I invite you to indulge in selfishness. The kind that gives people a lift in spirit. Go ahead..make your own day better.