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January 4, 2011

What Experts Say…

“The afterglow of the ‘pleasurable’ activity (hanging out with friends, or watching a movie, or eating a hot fudge sundae) pale in comparison with the effects of a kind action. When our philanthropic acts were spontaneous and called upon personal strengths, the whole day went better.”
Psychologist Martin E.P. Seligman in his book Authentic Happiness.

In Other Words…
When we choose pleasure, we improve our mood temporarily. When we choose to serve, we feel even better and far longer.

How this Applies to You…
Look around. Can you see a way you could make life a little better for someone in your family, neighborhood, or workplace? See if you can find a way to serve someone today!

To Find Out More…

For an excellent (and free!) program on improving your personal well-being, check out The Personal Journey or Managing Stress at www.arfamilies.org.

For more in-depth reading we recommend Authentic Happiness by Martin E.P. Seligman.

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