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Generosity

Get Out of Yourself

Wendy Lustbader | Posted 03.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Wendy Lustbader

One of the chief cruelties of depression is how it encloses us in a dark tunnel, a space that doesn't extend beyond the borders of ourselves, our thwa...

How To Find Your Happiness

Lisa Firestone | Posted 02.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

Despite what we may believe, quite often, we are not really seeking our own happiness at all. Many of us don't know ourselves well enough to conceptualize what we actually want. We conform to the notions and ideals of our society, our family and other influences that can drown out our own point of view.

We ALL Need the Village

Kindness Blog | Posted 02.26.2015 | Good News
Kindness Blog

Here's the thing: I've spent an evening broken to pieces, with my spirit in shreds, because of some of the things I've seen or heard about, which show where the village has failed.

'So Much More Than Enough' -- Lessons in Gracious Sharing

Jesua | Posted 02.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Jesua

What would happen if all of us in our world who have "so much more than enough" (and we do, really, in so many ways!) could simply extend generosity with this kind of ease and joy, this quality of open surrender and trust?

Local Solutions: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 02.25.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Two years ago, The Pollination Project started a daily giving practice, making daily $1000 grants to social change visionaries around the world. Since we started, 50 individuals and families have joined us, each giving $1 or more a day to support grantees in 55 countries. Here are the extraordinary people we supported this week.

Stop Wallowing, Start Giving

Annabel Acton | Posted 02.23.2015 | Divorce
Annabel Acton

When you're doing good, you're around other people who prioritize doing good and helping others out. This is probably just what you need right now.

Embracing the Future: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 02.19.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Two years ago The Pollination Project started a daily giving practice, making daily $1000 grants to social change visionaries around the world. Since we started, fifty more individuals and families have joined in, each giving $1 or more a day to support our grantees.

Can This Marriage Be Saved?

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 02.13.2015 | Weddings
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Strengthening the shared commitment and practicing mutual generosity, compassion, honesty, kindness, and respect are all ways of maximizing the likelihood of not only staying together, but of experiencing greater fulfillment over time.

Making It Better: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 02.11.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Fifty individuals and families have joined in, each giving $1 or more a day to support the grantees. Here are the extraordinary people we supported this week.

How to Not Feel Let Down This Valentine's Day

Lisa Firestone | Posted 02.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

Whether it's an enjoyable excuse to go out, an anticipated opportunity to do something over the top or really, truly just another day, Valentine's Day should be what each of us makes of it and nothing more.

Spread Some Valentine's Day Love

Emily John | Posted 02.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Emily John

Taking the "random acts of kindness" concept and applying it with a Valentine's Day twist is not only a wonderful way to delight someone else, but in the act of giving, you will be blessed by the joy of service. Here are some suggestions of ways to give on Valentine's Day.

6 Qualities That Lead to Living a Meaningful Life

Myoshin Kelley | Posted 02.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Myoshin Kelley

Through the unification of all these qualities, we can live a meaningful life, motivated to be of benefit to ourselves, our families and the world at large.

It's Our Turn to Be Generous

Philip Gulley | Posted 02.05.2015 | Religion
Philip Gulley

We have forgotten that we benefited from the generosity of those who went before us. And now it is our turn to be generous, now it is our turn to return the favor, but we don't want to.

A World of Kindness: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 02.04.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

I have the privilege of making seed grants to social change leaders around the world. Here are the extraordinary people and projects that our community of givers supported this week.

What Happened When I Gave Away My Son's Birthday Presents

Anjali Joshi | Posted 01.30.2015 | Parents
Anjali Joshi

Our children show us they are listening, watching and internalizing the life lessons we're trying so hard to teach.

Finding Harmony in 2015, Part 1

Jodi B. Katzman | Posted 01.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Jodi B. Katzman

So far, I've engaged my guitar as "musical medicine" several times, and, despite the unhappiness of seeing sick children, there is joy in the experience -- for the giver and the getter. I want to turn this hobby into a habit.

Art Matters: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 01.27.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Every day, along with a group of nearly 50 other people, I have the privilege of making seed grants to up and coming social change leaders around the world. The Pollination Project helps this community of daily givers identify new grantees. Here are the extraordinary people and projects that we supported this past week.

#ExceptionalCareers Series: How to Be a Creative Altruist

Sanyin Siang | Posted 01.21.2015 | Business
Sanyin Siang

Creative altruism comes in many different forms. But it stems from a mindset of helping others whenever you can even when there is no direct benefit to you. So here are three ways to practice creative altruism.

Begging for Change from a Smartphone - by Simona Asinovski

Kindness Blog | Posted 01.16.2015 | Good News
Kindness Blog

Have you ever asked a stranger for something as basic as food or shelter? I have. It's the most humiliating and humbling experience you can ever have.

A New Way to See Things: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 01.15.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

What is it like to make a financial investment in an up-and-coming social-change leader every single day of the year? Since Jan. 1, 2013, the Pollinat...

'How Generous Are You Willing To Be?' A Dance Teaching Story

Jesua | Posted 01.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Jesua

If I had known how to bow then, I would have bowed. I would have fallen to my knees and kissed her feet. But instead I just stood there, meeting her gaze, shaking, knowing I had been given a tremendous teaching, a true gift.

The Spirit and Roots of Generosity and Miserliness

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 01.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

Generosity is a state of mind that goes beyond the possession of money and material goods and relates to feelings of abundance from positive connections. To own an authentic sense of generosity is a gift we give ourselves.

12 Ordinary People Whose Lives Can Inspire Us In 2015

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 01.05.2015 | Impact

2014 was a year filled with stories of people who changed their lives, and the lives of others, by looking beyond conventional definitions of success ...

7 Ways To Have A Happier Marriage -- Without Changing A Thing

Winifred M. Reilly | Posted 03.02.2015 | Weddings
Winifred M. Reilly

As we look to the new year, we often focus on ways to be "better" -- resolving to do more of what's good for us and less of what's not. To (at least most of the time) come from our best. For a good many of us, finding ways to have a more satisfying marriage is high on our list.

No Ordinary Friday

Kate Grant | Posted 03.01.2015 | Impact
Kate Grant

The most extraordinary conversation I had this year almost didn't happen. The woman calling said her name was Lisa, and she'd called to thank me for a thank you letter I had sent to her for her recent donation.