In case you missed it, my posts this week have revolved around one particular theme…giving.
On Tuesday, I highlighted the awesome movement known as Giving Tuesday and I joined in on the fun by running a week long Buy 1 Give 1 Sale where, for every Maury C. Moose book sold through Amazon between Nov. 30th and Dec. 6th, I will be donating a matching copy to a child in need.
On Thursday, I mentioned that Maury’s friends at Birdhouse Books are running a special giveaway where one lucky winner will receive a copy of the new book, Maury C. Moose and The Facebrook.
On Wednesday, I talked about who invented the chair. Okay, so maybe that doesn’t have anything to do with giving, but it’s still a fun question.
Why did I bother writing so much about giving? Because people like to do it.
Giving Tuesday raises millions of dollars.
My Buy 1 Give 1 sale has helped me sell more books this week than I sold all of last month.
Birdhouse Books is a very popular blog because they give promotion to authors and they give books to readers.
Not only do people like to give, but giving makes us feel better.
Several studies have found that people who give of their time and money experience more longevity, better physical health and exhibit less stress, depression and hopelessness.
One study gave participants either $5 or $20 and told them to spend it by the end of the day. Half of the people were required to spend the money on themselves while the other half had to spend it on someone else.
Who do you think was happier at the end of the study?
If you answered the givers, you are correct. The ones who were told to give were happier than the ones who spent the money on themselves. The act of giving was more important than the amount of money spent.
We feel much happier when we are sharing what we have with those around us.
So next time you are feeling down in the dumps, remember that there is a surefire way to feel better.
Give money. Give time. Give expertise. Whatever you are able to give, do so.
And if this post has motivated you to give right now, might I suggest a terrific Buy 1 Give 1 Sale. How’s that for a shameless plug?
You also have time to enter to win a copy of Maury C. Moose and The Facebrook. Enter to win by clicking here! Good luck!
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