Altruism: A Loaded Word

Altruism. We all know what it means. Or at least, we think we do. But this word carries far more weight in philosophical circles than it does in our everyday lives. The extent to which you rely on the literal definition of the word impacts whether you believe that altruism is inherently positive or negative. […]

Maximizing the “Helper’s High”

A quick google search will turn up article after article listing the positive effects of altruism on mental and physical health. The top cited effects are: Lower stress levels / reduced cortisol Greater self esteem Less depression Lower blood pressure Longer life Greater happiness Boom! Who doesn’t want more of those effects in their life? […]

Identifying Common Ground: Politics and Giving

It’s a divided world. Finding common ground is a tough ask in the current political environment. But it is possible, and a little time spent investigating why you believe what YOU believe and why others believe what THEY believe can help you identify your priorities and have productive conversations with your loved ones. Giving is […]

How Much Should I Give?

Two of the most challenging things about giving are determining how much you should give and how much you can afford to give. Sure, Warren Buffet is giving away 99% of his wealth, but he has a crazy amount to begin with! You and I need to eat. (Note that there are some great letters […]