Netta Weinstein and Richard Ryan at the University of Rochester have recently published research on the impact of doing things for others. Their research looked at the link between well-being and autonomous helping on the one hand versus controlled helping on the other hand.
Imagine you are in the hospital following surgery. You have 70 staples holding things together, and they hurt. Your nurse sees that you are in pain and offers to take out 5 of the staples. Then he says you get to choose which ones. After he finishes, you still have 65 staples. But the pain …
There’s a difference between short-term and long-term happiness. Newly published research shows that when you are working out in aerobics class or doing your taxes, you may not enjoy the moment, but you will on average feel happier and more competent when it’s finished. The good news, though, is that you will be happy BOTH …