How to be a giving person without burning out
When you hear someone say "She's such a great parent. She does everything for her kids", or "The CEO cares more about this company's success than her own", what's your reaction?
Do you think about how selfless and committed that person is, and how successful they must be?Well, recent research suggests you might be wrong.
When it comes to sharing your time and energy, giving selflessly (at the expense of your own goals and motivation) does not always result in better outcomes for those you are helping.
Two experts in this field are Rob "Reb" Rebele, a teacher in the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program at the University of Pennsylvania, and Adam Grant, author of the book Give and Take.