I just loved this article in the New York Times about how the secret to happiness is not to spend money on things for yourself but on other people. Researchers ran an experiment where they stopped random people in the street and handed them $20. One group was told to buy something for themselves while the other group was told to spend it on someone else. You might think that the people who bought something for themselve were happier. But when they reported back, the second group was much happier than the first.
It does make sense. I get a thrill when I see something I know my friends would love or that I know would make my mom smile. It feels great to see that delighted smile and know that I helped put it there.
We feel better when we take care of those we love. That's the secret to happiness. Beautiful, right?