Good for the Soul, and the Bottom Line

Good for the Soul, and the Bottom Line

A new study shows that people are more generous when they feel guilty about something—but that’s not the most interesting part. People are most generous (to others, their churches, and to charity) when they feel they’ve been forgiven for something they feel guilty about.

We’ve all felt guilty from time to time—that’s just human nature. Some might suggest that we Catholics have a particular gift in this area. So it’s nice to know that we also have an edge in the “it gets better” part of the equation: forgiveness.

So, if you want to turn over a new leaf this holiday season (or in the new year), try confession. If you want to inspire someone else to straighten up a bit, try forgiving them. It’s the Christian—and smart—thing to do.

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About the Author

Kathleen M. Carroll is the managing editor for the book department at Franciscan Media. She loves reading, gardening, animals, babies, baby animals, and extreme recycling. She is the stay-away-from-home mother to four really good-looking children. And no, she will not read your manuscript.