If You Want to Be Happy, Spend Your Bonus On Your Coworkers | Jeremiah Stanghini

“How would you react if your company made a slight change to your bonuses this year. Instead of receiving your usual 1% or 10% bonus, depending on your industry, what if your boss said you had to donate that money to a charity or that you had to spend that money on your fellow coworkers?

I’d imagine that you probably wouldn’t be too happy, am I right? That bonus you were looking forward to at the end of the year is “yours” and you should get to spend it on you and your family. Except, research shows that’s not the case. In fact, the research indicates that spending the money on someone other than yourself actually leads to greater happiness. More than that, it can lead to your improved performance at work.”

—Jeremiah Stanghini. “If You Want to Be Happy, Spend Your Bonus On Your Coworkers.” jeremiahstanghini.com. September 20, 2013.