Most of the time we think about charitable giving from the point of view of the charities and the people who are helped with the donations.
But what about the point of view of the people writing the checks?
Research shows that families who add charitable giving into their plans report feeling they have "better lives" than those whose plans don't include charitable giving.
People who give are more cheerful. They have nicer things to say about their children and their friends. They are healthier. They smile more, too.
Giving and grinning. They're related.