WOW Word-Of-the-Week #282: Benevolent

December 6, 2009 by  

Benevolent – a kindly disposition to promote the happiness or prosperity of others.

Do you feel the desire to help others? Do you support any charities? Have you ever been in a position where you needed the help of others?

My Favorite Charity

My Favorite Charity

Tis the season…it just seemed appropriate to rerun this WOW.  The old saying is, “It is better to give than to receive.” And according to a report in the journal of Science people who made gifts to others or to charities reported they were happier than folks who didn’t share.

Studies have shown that having more money can increase happiness. Turns out the way people spend their money makes a difference. Researchers at the University of British Columbia and Harvard University found that, “Personal spending was unrelated to happiness. But higher pro social spending was associated with significantly greater happiness.”

“That doesn’t mean go get a high-paying job so you can spend tons of money on others. The message is, given what you have, how can you make little alterations to do something for others.”

This week focus on promoting happiness and prosperity for others. It doesn’t have to be about giving money.  You can give of your time. Who do you know that could use your support?  How does it feel to be benevolent? Hope you have a FUN Holiday!

Reader Responses

There is something to be said for benevolence. While I don’t have a lot of disposable income, I do try to help people individually who ask me. I have been asked by friends for $50 or $100, and I have gladly given it when I had it. I did not ask for it back or insist on interest. I just wanted to help someone in need. Generally, I have been asked by co-workers to look over their wedding invitation or English homework to make sure it is correct. I am happy to do that. As my parish priest said on Sunday, giving one’s time is really more precious than gifts or money. And he is right. People who are approaching the ends of the lives don’t want flowers or sweaters or gifts. They want OUR TIME. So, if I can give of my time – and it is precious because I like to share it with my wife and daughters – I do. Gladly. Because in the long run that means more to most people. If I can smile and make someone’s day, I am glad to do it. Our lives are all about relationships. If we can take the time, that shows we care. That is what it is all about. Happy New Year, Susan. I hope you have a great one. “Warrior” Joe