Are All The Best Things In Life Free? 9 Ways To Be Happy And Not Spend Money

September 5, 2014  |  

Pay It Forward

Do something nice for someone today. Take out your neighbor’s garbage, go to the store for an elderly person, give some of your food to a homeless person. Try to do acts of kindness that build relationships rather than random acts such as leaving hidden money for people to find.

Jonathan Haidt, a University of Virginia psychologist and author of The Happiness Hypothesis, suggests choosing deeds that strengthen existing social ties. “If you do a random act of kindness for a stranger and it’s a one-shot deal, there’s much less likelihood that you’re going to see any benefit,” he tells Psychology Today. “It’s not the altruism per se that’s important. It’s really all about building relationships.”

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