In Regards to Giving...

Jun 7, 2021

The Bible says that our heart goes wherever our treasure is. Are you mindful of how you manage your resources?

Researchers at the University of British Columbia and Harvard Business School conducted a series of studies to find out if our spending habits are as important as our income levels. The results are interesting.

It was revealed that people who spend money "pro-socially" reported significantly greater happiness. That includes spending money to buy gifts for other people or on charitable causes, instead of spending money on themselves.

Based on the data from a sample of over 630 Americans, the researchers concluded that regardless of how much money you make, "those who spent money on others reported greater happiness, while those who spent more on themselves did not."

"These findings suggest that very minor alterations in spending allocations — as little as $5 — may be enough to produce real gains in happiness on a given day," says Elizabeth Dunn, Assistant Professor at UBC.

Is this surprising to you? Do you spend more on yourself than those around you?
As a Christ follower, we are commanded to help and serve others. Jesus lived a perfect example, demonstrating the act of giving by the way he healed the sick, touched the sinners, gave to the poor and ultimately sacrificed His life for us.

We don't often see the results of our giving right away. But a gift as small as a mustard seed could be used by God and multiplied over and over without you ever knowing.


University of British Columbia. (2008, March 21). Money Buys Happiness When You Spend On Others, Study Shows. ScienceDaily.

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