Jul 12 2012

Underindulgence, happiness and the joy of sponsorship

By Kristin Littrell, CFCA correspondent

Surendhar, CFCA sponsored child in India, with family goat

Surendhar, a child sponsored through CFCA in India, helps his family raise goats for a living.

We’ve been saying for a long time that what you get from sponsorship might even be greater than what you give.

It seems these New York Times writers agree with us, based on their recent article, “Don’t Indulge. Be Happy.” The article is a fascinating read about what makes us truly happy.

A few quotes:

“But research shows that underindulgence ó indulging a little less than you usually do ó holds one key to getting more happiness for your money.”

“But another scientifically validated means of increasing the happiness you get from your money is even more radical: not using it on yourself at all.”

“When we follow up with people who receive cash from us, those whom we told to spend on others report greater happiness than those told to spend on themselves. And in countries from Canada to India to South Africa, we find that people are happier when they spend money on others rather than on themselves.”

We know that the sponsorship commitment can mean stretching, and sometimes can even mean that we deny ourselves favorite indulgences in order to afford our monthly contribution.

Just ask George and Diane Moll, who gave up their daily latte run in order to sponsor one more friend in the Philippines.

But we also know that the rewards always outweigh the cost. Read more

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