Finding Fulfillment from Giving

What could be more central to the human experience than desire for happiness and meaning? Yet as we know, these attainments are far out of reach for millions living in poverty around the world. The good news is that research shows a correlation between philanthropy and happiness; in other words, putting some of your resources towards improving the lives of others is shown to improve YOUR life as well. It’s a win-win. Read on to learn more.


Meditation and Effective Altruism
With the aim of being a good effective altruist, contributor Rob Mathers considered which topics would be valuable to post about for the community. Meditation rose to the top of the list because meditation as a free tool that can be practiced by anyone, anytime, any place to help us increase our impact in the causes we prioritize.
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For World Sight Day, October 10th: A vision for the future
When I was thirty, I had laser surgery on my eyes for a couple of thousand dollars. I almost feel ill when I compare that now to the millions of people in developing countries who stay needlessly blind because they live in poverty.
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As you send your kids off to school, think about Zusha!
Every morning as I wave my ‘ducklings’ off to school on their bikes I implore them to be safe on the roads – a fact they reminded me of when my daughter suggested Zusha! for this month’s charity donation.  In Africa ro...
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Write the World Notebooks (AKA The Love Project)
Kate Tapping had a tiny idea that grew into a project: Write the World notebooks, unique notebooks designed to make the world a better place. 
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The Pale Blue Dot
In this and upcoming posts, Melbournian Kate Tapping reflects on her family's multi-year experience with effective giving.
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Thoughts on 5% Car Sales for Charity, Fourteen Months Later
Car salesman Andrei Smith reflects on the 14 months since he pledged to donate 5% of his commission to effective charities.
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Money Hacks for Effective Giving
People have the misconception that giving money to alleviate extreme poverty puts an undue burden on them as donors. Contributor Rob Mathers explores ways we can remove or reduce spending that brings us little or no value with minimal time and effort, and the impact this money can have when given to effective charities.
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Kicking Off One For the World in Melbourne with a Great Giving Game
Stefano Gunawan, One for the World UniMelb founder and co-president, recaps a lively and successful Giving Game they ran for their chapter's launch.
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A Painful Look in the Mirror
In another humorous and insightful piece, Alex Zavros "reflects" on our obsession with appearance, including what a luxury such concerns are.
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Adding Effective Giving to the Trick-or-Treat Bag
For Halloween this year (which was also his 77th birthday), Rabbi Martin Levin of San Francisco handed out an envelope containing a dollar bill and a message to each family that came to his door.

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