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3/21/08-Tyler

Scientific Study Shows Better To Give Than Receive

We've all heard the saying, "'Tis better to give than to receive." Well, now there's scientific proof. Researchers at the University of British Columbia say they've found the secret to happiness--and it's all in the giving. Their study shows those who gave away money were happier at the end of the day than those who spent it on themselves.

A huge check worth thousands of dollars--it's what any charity would love to receive, but now it turns out the payoff lies with the donor handing over that cash.

"I think giving is for the giver, that it's very important for the giver as well for the person it goes to, but it's mostly for the giver," says Claudia Carroll.

She is one of those givers.  She volunteers and donates money to PATH.

"It is fulfilling to be there and to help people to see, find out what their needs are and to fulfill those needs when they come," she says.

And now, science is proving what Claudia says she's known all along--"'Tis better to give than to receive."

"I agree with it totally, I look forward to buying things for people and seeing their reaction, it feels really good to give," says Tyler resident Camie Evans.

"Because you feel good inside about what you did and it's like Christmas," says Preston Hutto.

"I've found out the more you donate, the more you give away, the more you end up getting back at the end," says UT Tyler Sophomore Laura Clontz.

And that's the golden rule Herb Buie lives his life by, donating money and time for decades to organizations like the East Texas Food Bank.

"It's unbelievable the happiness and the joy that we receive from giving," he says.

Joy, that can't be measured in novelty checks, but in the smiles that come along with it.

"It's such a nice wonderful feeling when you close your eyes at night and know that you've not passed up anyone in need so I truly believe it's more blessed to give than to receive," Herb adds.

Tracy Watler, Reporting tracy@kltv.com

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