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.


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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Minimalism and Effective Altruism
How can you use minimalism in all areas of your life to increase your happiness and up your effective altruism game? Contributor Rob Mathers offers a range of easy and impactful suggestions.
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How To Stay Positive In Sales – Charity For Laser Focus
When Audi salesman Andrei Smith read “The Life You Can Save,” he discovered a strategy for how to stay positive in sales: by setting aside 5% of sales for effective giving, he's found inspiration as well as a way to connect with customers.
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Why the Rich Fail at Philanthropy
Author Eric Friedman argues that while Bill and Melinda may embody the ideal of ultra rich philanthropists dedicating themselves to those less fortunate, this is by no means the standard among the rich—even among rich philanthropists. Many treat philanthropy like a personal hobby, writing checks for things they like that may provide some societal benefit, rather than trying to do the most to help others.
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Walking the Walk of Effective Giving and Christianity
TLYCS follower Jay Dykstra, M.D. reflects on the impact that Peter Singer, effective altruism, and his Christian faith have had on his life, family, and deep personal fulfillment.
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How You Can Give Back When You Can't Afford Cash Donations
From hurricanes to homelessness, there are plenty of charities seeking donations from well-meaning individuals looking to save some money on their taxes, amongst other things.
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Feeling Down? The Unexpected Pick-Me-Up...
If you’re feeling a little down, there’s always the tried and true methods of self-care: sleep, diet, exercise. But there’s another proven tactic that people often don’t think of, yet it’s far easier than getting yourself to the gym or saying no to a slice of cake: acts of kindness.
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Changing What's on Our Plate
TLYCS Volunteer José Oliveira, an art teacher in Portugal, reflects on items he gave up, like a few coffees and beers each week, allowing him to donate more towards addressing extreme poverty. Bonuses included feeling happier and healthier himself. Try his "Personal Luxuries" calculator with items from your own "plate".
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