Jonathan found $7 while walking Pax a few days ago. Later that night, we passed a homeless couple near our house that I’ve routinely passed and never had any money to give to because I don’t keep it on me most of the time. I suggested we give the $7 to the homeless couple, we did. We felt good in the process (not the intent).
But if you think about this, if the couple had found the $7, it wouldn’t have been the same because we wouldn’t have felt good about giving it to them.
Monetarily, same result, zero sum.
Psychologically, a net gain.
Value is subjective; we can create it from nothing.