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  • Juliana Calderón

    I think that i enjoy giving to other because you can see the a smile on their faces, a smile they are giving to you.

  • Laurence McCahill

    Hi Michael. I think part of the reason (other than altruistic reasons) is that buying things for ourselves comes with a burden (packaging, storage, a responsibility to maintain them), whilst giving to others means we can enjoy the warm glow of giving without the burden of responsibility that comes with ownership.

    Just read the book btw, a great read. Confirmed what I already felt/knew so great to know I'm not mad (particularly related to valuing experiences over things).

    We'll be doing a write-up of the book on our happy startups blog

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      Great point about the responsibility that comes with ownership. With things outside of gifts, though, like helping make tangible change happen, wouldn't the gift-giver of that change want to have a responsible follow-up to see that the change is effective?

  • Lou Pizante

    I think about all the special people I have met and all of the interesting things I have learned as a result of my giving activities, however small they may be, and my life is so much richer for it all. I feel blessed to live a life as a member in so many communities full of love and support.

  • oldhouse136

    i bake for a local soup kitchen that is run by one of my favorite people in the world. i had the pleasure of growing up next to him (my best friend's dad) most of my life and when his wife passed away he decided to take over the whole gig. his heart and soul are invested in his small, yet busy soup kitchen. my daughter and i bake every sunday night for monday;s service. it brings us so much pleasure to be able to do small as it may seem. it is nice to hear my daughter's gentle reminder come sunday evening ., , "it is time to start baking !" i feel that she has gained a new sense of gratitude since she started dong this...and i love that.

  • Maria Redin

    I like buying things for others because you can almost feel the experience with them like a child getting a new toy.

    For some things, it's also great to see how such a small amount can make a big difference. Scholarships for girls in developing countries, malaria nets, (although not sexy) deworming pills for school children, etc. I feel like I can really make a difference in someone's life for the better with what is considered a small sum in the US.

  • BaGood1

    Doing good never is done in a vacuum. It always returns in some form, which can be as simple as good feelings or, in some cases, something much more grand.

  • Jörg Heilmann

    I track my expenses with an app called toshl. I love it, it has all this small monsters as graphics and stuff. However, I have a tag for "friends" so I track how much I spend 'on' friends. It is kind of a normal expense like coffee and coffee makes me happy.

    The other day I came into the office and couple friends were already there. I wanted to get a cappuccino - the best in town - and asked if they wanted one too adn yes they did. To get back from the coffee shop has quite a challenge with 5 cappuccinos - made me really happy to see them smile, cause if someone brings me a cappuccino I am really happy as well!

  • mr meow

    i don't feel any warm glow by giving, however i do feel it's wrong and immoral not to give, so it makes me feel OK

  • Stef McDonald

    When it's personal, it's often the connection—seeing the person light up because they appreciate the gift or the gesture. When it's anonymous giving to a project or organization, it's the larger feeling of connectedness—knowing that so much depends on looking out for one another, and that small contributions add up. There's also the sense of gratitude: I'm lucky to have this person in my life to give something to (and the funds to donate to a worthy project or organization).