We often focus on how our gifts can help those in need. But the act of giving actually improves our own lives as well. In The Giving Way to Happiness, Jenny Santi overturns conventional thinking about what it takes to be happy by revealing how people find purpose and joy in giving. This book is filled with inspiring stories of generosity told by Goldie Hawn, Nobel Peace Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus, supermodel Christy Turlington-Burns, and philanthropist Richard Rockefeller, among many, many others. Despite their diverse backgrounds, they have all found unexpected happiness and fulfillment through giving. Santi also shares a growing body of scientific evidence that links giving with happiness. For example:
- Research shows that altruism involves far more than suppressing basic selfish urges; rather, we are wired to give, as it activates pleasure centers in the brain.
- Several studies demonstrate that those who volunteer regularly and frequently live longer than non-volunteers.
- People who give to charity are 43% more likely to say they're very happy than those who don't give.
- A recent study by Harvard professor Michael Norton found that participants who were randomly assigned to spend money on others experienced greater happiness than those assigned to spend money on themselves.
Amidst a culture of materialism and self-centeredness, Santi shows how giving can assuage ennui, give us purpose, and contribute to happiness in the deepest ways.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Jenny Santi was born and raised in Manila in the Philippines, and now splits her time between Singapore and New York. She holds an MBA from INSEAD and Wharton Business School and attended New York University's Heyman Center for Philanthropy & Fundraising, where she is a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy. Santi is a philanthropy advisor to some of the world's wealthiest philanthropists, and for five years, was the Head of Philanthropy Services (Southeast Asia) for the world's largest wealth manager. She is a frequent commentator on the topic of philanthropy and has been quoted in the International Herald Tribune, Channel News Asia, and BBC World News.
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Table of Contents
Foreword: Clues to the Mystery of Giving Deepak Chopra xiii
Preface: The Most Satisfying Thing You'll Ever Do: Confessions on what giving does to the giver xv
1 Of Drugs and Donations: Activating the pleasure part of the brain 1
2 The Pursuit of Purpose: What are we here for? 30
3 From Career to Calling: Recipes for super happiness from those who "gave it all up" and made it cool to he good 56
4 From Trauma to Triumph: For giving, not forgetting. A new way to deal with death, terminal illness, and grave disability 125
5 The Foundation of a Family: Why families that give together stay together 174
6 From Success to Significance: When throwing money at the problem works 223
7 Your Turn: The action plan for happy giving 292
Contact Details of Selected Featured Organizations 329
What People are Saying About This
"Giving takes you out of yourself. You expand beyond your limitations." from the foreword by Deepak Chopra