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Understanding the ROI of Happiness

What does that even mean “The ROI of Happiness for Businesses”?

ROI stands for “Return On Investment” a corporate term used to measure the amount of return on an investment relative to the investment’s cost. Normally this is used for financial evaluations and projections but this can be used to look at Happiness in the workplace as well. It is similar to the conversations European countries are having about the measurement and value of their GDP. A countries Gross Domestic Product (GDP) measures their financial success, but is finances the only measurement of success we need to determine if where we live is succeeding? Many countries are saying it is not enough. We also need to look at people’s level of well being to determine if a country is doing ‘well.’ The Harvard Business Review just wrote an article addressing this question directly – GDP Is Not  A Measure of Human Well-Being.

So yes a company does need to assess its financial health, but it also needs to assess and pay attention to their employee well-being and happiness. How much is happiness worth to you, your family, your classroom or your company? Is a company that produces financially but fails in the well-being and happiness department of their employees a place you want to work? Are financial indicators the only indicator of a companies success? Happiness in the workplace should be on par with financial success if people wish to thrive. So read on to see why the ROI of Happiness is worth measuring where you work and where you go to school. Classrooms can use ROI to increase their well-being too!

Step 1 – Understanding How Happiness Works in Your Brain and Body

Happiness is a subjective matter. What makes one person happy may not work for another. What research tells us is our brains and bodies are wired for happiness. We just need to understand how our brains interpret happiness, how it identifies when we are happy. We know we are happy when we do something that gets those circuits called neurotransmitters firing. We remember these chemicals with a simple acronym we call A Daily D.O.S.E. of Happiness.

  • Dopamine: Reward Chemical
  • Oxytocin: Love Chemical
  • Serotonin: Happy Chemical
  • Endorphins: Pleasure Chemical

Here’s the really great news once you get a daily D.O.S.E. of happiness going with the firing of these chemicals, your stress chemicals reduce as well. As happiness goes up, stress goes down. All of this happens at the same time.

  • Cortisol: Stress and Anxiety Chemical

Step 2 – How to Get A Daily D.O.S.E of Happiness

The Science of Giving has been researched for decades. What researchers and scientists have discovered is when you give – no matter how small – you fire off all 4 of your brain chemicals (DOSE) that create feelings of happiness and well-being. When you make it a daily habit (just like brushing your teeth) you create a happiness habit every day. Every give you complete fires off the DOSE chemicals and decreases your stress chemicals.

Step 3 – Start Giving!

This is where we come in! Giving is our expertise and we share the benefits of giving every day, simple, easy gives that return a dose of happiness to the giver and the receiver. Here are a few ideas to get your going. You can give to people, animals, or the planet or to get your daily D.O.S.E. of Happiness 365 days of the year.

Step 4 – The ROI of Happiness at Work, School, and Home

Now you know “how” happiness works and you have some giving ideas to get you started but what’s the ROI of Happiness? Where does the “Return on Investment” come into play in your life, school or work?

Benefits of Giving

  • Boosts Immune System (less sickness)
  • Protects your Heart: Lower Blood Pressure and Heart Rate
  • Reduces Pain
  • Increases Life Longevity
  • Increases Self Esteem
  • Lowers Stress
  • Lowers Depression

It pays off for companies to start a CSR Program (Corporate Social Responsibility) or an Employee Giving Program to reap the rewards of giving. See below how giving and happiness pays off with a minimal investment of time in your company.

It pays off for schools to start our 365give Challenge with an investment in your students.

It pays off for a family or individual join us and be inspired to give every day.

Investing in happiness only takes a little time but the ROI far exceeds what the time investment is. There are 3 minute gives, there are 30 second gives. The payback for increased personal well-being is priceless. People would be doing hand stands for this Return on Investment when it comes to finances. Why not implement a program that does the same for well-being and knock happiness out of the ball park.

Join our 365giving community today and follow through on our simple daily habit of giving. We give you ideas, inspiration and a little nudge when you sign up for a 365give membership. All you have to do is give.



What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
“My life has greater meaning now.”
Renate Jorge, @BeKindBrazil and 365give Member, Family Program (Brazil)
“I just wanted to share that 365give really helped me. I am a better person now, thank you.”
MayLee, 365give Member, Individual Program
“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)