On busy days at the office, the simple act of being nice to co-workers can feel a bit like a chore. All we want to do is get our work done and get out.

But, what if I told you that being nicer and more generous will make you happier? OK, fine, maybe not right away (especially during those days when you’re swamped)—but definitely in the long run.

Yeah, yeah, you want proof. Well, courtesy of BuzzFeed, we have scientific evidence that says that doing good deeds for others, such as volunteering, spending your salary on gifts, and being thankful, all contribute to a healthier and happier you.

And I don’t think I have to explain to you why a happier and healthier you leads to more long-term career success.


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