Friday, July 15, 2016

Science has proven that giving feels good


I am currently reading “Giving 2.0” by Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen.  It’s a book written for anyone wanting to use her own resources and/or life to make the world a better place.

Every day people want to touch the lives of others.  Yet, Ms. Arrillaga-Andreessen points out that much of our giving is reactive – “we write checks when natural disasters strike, we give to our schools and places of worship, or we support friends running a marathon for a cure.”  While these things are important and uplifting, she points out how important it is to find a way of giving that empowers you to move from reactive to proactive giving.

Giving through 100+ Women Who Care NRV is a calculated and proactive way of giving.  It is a decision to localize your giving and ensure that those who are most needy in our community are served, thereby lifting us all up and improving the environment we live in.  By listening, and by having a chance to ask questions about the local non-profit organizations, we get to choose how our donations are used and see the positive results.

We live in a fast-paced world, with non-stop demands on our time, money, and energy.  We care for spouses and children and support aging parents.  In our work life we face unrelenting pressure.  It is because of this that 100+ Women Who Care NRV is so appealing and successful.  Through its collaborative funding framework, donors partner with other funders, increasing the overall funding amount and sharing the burden of evaluation.  One hour, $100.00, four times per year, four hours total and we can raise $40,000.

Science has proven that giving stimulates the brain in the same way it is stimulated when we eat food or have sex.  It’s a base level of feeling good. We give from our hearts.  We give because it makes us feel good.  What are you waiting for?  Join us in doing good and feeling great!


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