As a 90s kid, I learned many life lessons from the hit TV show Friends.

Ok, maybe I made my own mistakes and then realized later “oh….that’s what Monica meant!”  So it’s no surprise when I sat down to blog about the science and correlation behind giving and happiness that this episode popped in my head.

A multitude of studies performed by universities and psychologists would agree with Joey.  Giving makes people happy and a giver will always benefit from their generosity.  When we focus on other’s needs and stop thinking about ourselves, we find peace and purpose. Some studies even suggest it can add years to your life as it has the same physiological power as staying fit and avoiding tobacco.

Retail Therapy that Works.

Paradoxically, Americans often turn to spending money on themselves when they are feeling stressed.  As Credit Karma describes it, people can find themselves in the cycle of stress spending (spend because you’re stressed, stress because you’re spending money) and thus, don’t find any relief.

What’s more, our smartphones have allowed for easy online shopping no matter where we are at.

To counteract this trend, we created PHIL so your donation feels like a purchase.  Because it is.  Your donation on PHIL will help pay for real goods and services in your community.   Your donation on PHIL will effect real change.

Big or small.

Here’s something else a Harvard study teaches us:  the size of your donation does not matter as long as you can appreciate what it’s able to contribute towards the project and you understand what the project is.

For this reason, transparency from nonprofits is critical.  When you donate with PHIL, you will have the confidence in where your money is going and you should share in the success when an ASK has been fulPHILd.

Long story short:  You can live longer and be happier through acts of generosity.  But not bee stings.  Let’s keep the bees alive.

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