Whether it’s your time, emotional support or financial resources, studies on the correlation between giving and happiness point to the same message: giving does make you happier.
Numerous sources including the world-renowned study (2008) conducted by Elizabeth Dunn, psychology professor at the University of British Columbia, conclude that spending your money on others instead of yourself makes you happier. Furthermore, better physical and mental health levels have been reported among individuals who donate, especially those who repeatedly do so over a longer period of time. Not to mention that giving increases our feelings of compassion!
These are only some reasons why donating constitutes a repeated activity in the Workout for Happiness program. But it doesn’t stop there.
Ten percent of all revenue generated by the Workout for Happiness program will be donated in full to the three projects supported by the Foundation during that calendar year. There are only two conditions that the projects shall fill: they should be completable within approximately one year and be subject to a fixed cost. The reason for this is to cultivate the understanding among W4H Community members that their efforts have a meaningful but also tangible impact, which we hope to foster by documenting the project during its implementation and after its completion (please see our “project archive” page for more information).
For instance, installing solar panels in an African village for electricity generation and training locals to repair them is one project example, whereas supporting cancer, HIV or malaria research requires much more time and funding.
In the beginning, the Foundation will need to seek out these projects on its own in the hopes that this activity will gain momentum and turn into an application and referral program at a later stage.
Upon signing up for the program, candidates are asked to decide which project(s) they would like their ten percent donation to go to with the possibility of contributing to one, two or all three projects.
The public can also donate by voting for their favourite picture(s) in the W4H annual photo contest comprised of photographs taken by candidates while they took part in the program actively working on their happiness. Each photo bears the possibility of raising funds for the three projects making the respecting photographer proud that theirs contributed to a great social cause.
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”