The Powerful Impact of Giving – Your Path to Happiness

We all want to live happy, healthy, fulfilled lives. But the World Happiness Report states that at any one time, over 1 billion adults and 220 million children suffer from anxiety and depression.

Reports recently showed that teenagers are the most stressed generation in the US. 

So, what can we do to help ourselves, young kids and teens to feel happy, less stressed, less anxious, and less depressed?

Well, the following inspiring talks might have some of the answers. Watch them!

How to Be Happy Everyday- Jacqueline Way

Mom of three little boys, philanthropist, keynote speaker, and founder of 365give, Way believes that we can set our young people up for success and contentment from an early age. But no matter how old you are, you can take note of her advice and immediately put them into action in your life.

Watch her Ted Talk  “How to Be Happy Every Day: It Will Change the World.”to be convinced and get happy TODAY.

A Secret Path to Happiness – Yasmin Mogahed

Muslim international speaker and author, Yasmin Mogahed explains the Divine design of  human beings and how giving/serving others has a powerful impact on a person’s happiness.

According to Mogahed, We serve others because we need to serve them, we do this for our own well-being.

There are significant, scientifically proven studies to back Mogahed up on the benefits of giving charity. When you give, whether you’re giving your money, a gift, an item, your knowledge, or your time, you kick-start a flush of endorphins in your brain. Not only this, but you reduce your cortisol levels, too – you know, those pesky stress hormones?

Enjoy this interesting talk by Yasmin Mogahed as she shows you a secret path to happiness.

Helping Others Makes Us Happier – Elizabeth Dunn

In her groundbreaking work on generosity and joy, social psychologist Elizabeth Dunn found that there’s a catch: it matters how we help.

Learn how we can make a greater impact — and boost our own happiness along the way — if we make one key shift in how we help others. “Let’s stop thinking about giving as just this moral obligation and start thinking of it as a source of pleasure,” Dunn says.

Islamic Tradition

It’s no surprise then to know how much emphasize Islam puts on serving others. It’s an overall theme in the Qur’an and Sunnah that you can easily find.

Allah says in the Quran:

“The likeness of those who spend their wealth in the Way of Allah, is as the likeness of a grain (of corn); it grows seven ears, and each ear has a hundred grains. Allah gives manifold increase to whom He pleases. And Allah is All-Sufficient for His creatures’ needs, All-Knower”.(2:261)

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

“There is not a single day in which a servant wakes that two angels come down (from the Heavens). One of them says, O’ Allah! Give to the one that spends a substitute (for what he has spent). And the other one says, ‘O Allah! Give to the one that withholds (his money) destruction!” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)