One of the ideas I’m advocating in the Book Currently Known As Plenty is to create a small fund of charity fun money. I think the bulk of our giving should go to 1-2 causes we strongly support and with which we will also volunteer extensively (like your church). But in the context of buying happiness, there’s nothing quite like going through life on the lookout for ways to make the world better for $5 -$20.
So here’s a question for you all. I give you $20 in the morning, and tell you that, by midnight, I want you to spend it in a way that makes someone’s life a little better. What would you do? Some ones I just came up with:
- Leave a ridiculous tip
- Buy lunch for your office intern
- Pay the bus fare for someone whose pass expired
- Give a friend a magazine subscription
- Donate some new boxes of crayons to a classroom
- Anonymous flowers