There is a Chinese saying that goes: “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.”

The secret to happiness is helping others. Scientific research provides data to support the anecdotal evidence that giving is a powerful play to happiness. Giving stimulates the same parts of the brain that are stimulated by food and sex.

Altruism is wired into the brain, and it’s PLEASURABLE. It gives you purpose, it makes you feel a part of something, and it is rewarding. So find ways to integrate your passions, your interests, and your skills with the needs of others, and you might be a little bit happier.