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Why You Shouldn't Say 'You're Welcome'

Adam Grant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Adam Grant

The script is so deeply ingrained that you don't even need to think about it. When you do a favor, and someone says "thank you," the automatic response is "you're welcome." But according to one leading psychologist, this isn't the best choice of words.

Help Give Away $200,000 for the Holidays

Craig Newmark | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Hey, I've teamed up with CrowdRise and the Huffington Post to host a Holiday Challenge over on CrowdRise to help nonprofits raise a lot of money thi...

Sending People to Space This #GivingTuesday

Brandon Deroche | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Brandon Deroche

Sure we all want to do good and make right as a global citizen, but who's got time? You've got like 20 new matches blowing you up on Tinder. All I'm saying is, pay attention to where you pay attention.

The Gift That Stayed in My Heart For Decades

Ingrid Hurtubise | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Ingrid Hurtubise

I was only a small child. I didn't understand the war or its causes, but my mother explained to us just how special it was that strangers from a country against which our country had just fought a war were making such a kind gesture to us. And I didn't need my mother to explain to me how nice it felt to receive something when you have almost nothing.

Is it Possible to Give Too Much??

Dawn Gluskin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dawn Gluskin

t's amazing how much more you can give when you're careful not to give too much. It's also pretty remarkable just how much more support you receive once you open yourself up to it and let the universe know you are ready.

Think Differently: Use Your Passions to Give Back

Tracy Hoover | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

Giving back and helping others is not only a gift but an opportunity for personal growth and, let's face it, a chance to feel good. As we head into the holiday season, why not personalize your approach and use your passions to inspire and help others?

How to Give Kids the Gift of Giving: Clean Out a Closet

Women & Co | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Women & Co

For Women & Co., by Cynthia Hutchison, VP, Marketing Operations, Citi Retail Services There is a chill in the air, fall is in full swing, and the hol...

What A Shy Waitress Taught Me About Generosity

Posted 03.11.2015 | OWN

It really is the thought that counts. Novelist Marilynne Robinson recalls an old man's bird, a handful of change -- and what they taught her about...

Everyone Can Be a Philanthropist!

Charlie Nelms, Ed.D. | Posted 12.31.2013 | Impact
Charlie Nelms, Ed.D.

I doubt my parents had ever heard of the word philanthropy. Yet, there they were fully immersed in a lifetime of philanthropic activities, sharing their time, talents and meager financial resources with the community of which they were an integral part.

Guys Surprise Waitress With $200 Tip.. Get An Awesome Surprise In Return

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.30.2013 | Good News

Three guys from GiveBackFilms decided to head to IHOP and make one waitress' day by tipping her $200. Her reaction is nothing short of priceless. A...

Charity Navigator's Focus on Results Isn't a Slam Dunk

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Tiziana Dearing

Charity Navigator, a web site that provides potential donors with a way to evaluate in which nonprofits to invest, has announced a shift in how it will evaluate nonprofits itself. Some nonprofits are up in arms over whether such reporting will be fair and sufficiently nuanced.

A Show of Kindness: Good Works? Whatever Works

Marie Woolf | Posted 12.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Marie Woolf

I once wrestled -- for about four minutes -- with the question of whether I should approach Hugh Hefner, through a close mutual friend, for a major contribution to the humanitarian nonprofit I was serving as CEO of. Would I and my organization be forever tarnished by smut money?

Does Studying Economics Breed Greed?

Adam Grant | Posted 12.22.2013 | Business
Adam Grant

To figure out whether economics education can shift people in the selfish direction, we need to track beliefs and behaviors over time -- or randomly assign them to economics exposure. Here's what the evidence shows.

A Way to Address Inequality That's as American as Apple Pie

Ira Silver | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Ira Silver

Over 80 percent of the roughly $300 billion annually given to charity in this country comes from individuals. And most of this money is donated not by the celebrity philanthropists we often hear about but by ordinary people.

Most Common Reason Why We Don't Give...

Charlie Kim | Posted 12.08.2013 | Impact
Charlie Kim

My mom is a pastor of a church. We had a discussion once: why do I need to send church tithes, 10 percent of my monthly pay...monthly. How about if I write one check at the end of the year. Her response was as simple and wise as our mothers' can be: "Because you won't."

Legacy Letters and Charitable Giving

Rachael Freed | Posted 12.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

Often we feel overwhelmed and defeated by the size and numbers of needs and requests. Rather than throw up our hands in despair, we must do what we can and then a bit more.

Give While You Live

Jeremy Balkin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Jeremy Balkin

In December 2008 Credit Default Swaps (CDS) were all the range. Everywhere you looked in finance there was talk about this company on the verge of collapse or that institution about to go under.

The Mysterious Power of Giving

Rory Vaden | Posted 11.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Rory Vaden

It's a startling revelation to realize that what I once thought money could bring me by having it, later came to me more by giving it away.

How a Recession and a Myth Revealed What We Already Knew

Kathleen P. Enright | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Kathleen P. Enright

Facing increased demand for services, nonprofits with limited resources did the best they could to stretch those dollars further, and many funders stepped in with emergency stopgap resources to help.

Light Go On -- Part XI -- Presents

Thomas Bähler | Posted 11.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Thomas Bähler

Great Spirit faith is the right word faith came into my life brought into my life by you and I have faith that you will bring me more presents than...

Human Nature and Charity

Kevin Richberg | Posted 11.22.2013 | TED Weekends
Kevin Richberg

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgHuman nature is inexorably fused with any charity, no matter how it is run. And human nature's drivers of selfishness, greed, emotion, altruism, and society (the human predisposition for associated living) are biologically incapable of being removed from the equation.

How to Immediately Improve Your Life (Hint: It Starts With Improving the Lives of Others)

Arianna Huffington | Posted 11.09.2013 | Impact
Arianna Huffington

Last week a few HuffPost editors and I were treated to a visit by Bill Drayton and Mary Gordon. Bill Drayton is the founder of Ashoka and a longtime champion of social entrepreneurship, a term that he coined and that has now spread across the world. Mary Gordon is a former kindergarten teacher who founded Roots of Empathy, an organization dedicated to teaching emotional literacy and promoting empathy in children. As Mary told us, empathy is a two-way street and is best nurtured by example. Philosophers have known this for centuries. "No one can live happily who has regard for himself alone and transforms everything into a question of his own utility," wrote the first-century Stoic philosopher Seneca. And in practically every religious tradition and practice, giving of oneself is a key step on the path to spiritual fulfillment.

Change Random to Perpetual

Adrienne Austermann | Posted 11.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Adrienne Austermann

To that man in the grey truck, you proved to me that the spirit of "random acts of kindness" was still alive and well, and I want you to know that simple cup of coffee instantly unraveled that ball of stress I had already wound myself up into that morning.

How to Think Like a Wise Person

Adam Grant | Posted 10.28.2013 | Business
Adam Grant

If I asked you to judge how smart someone is, you'd know where to start. But if you were going to assess how wise that person is, what qualities would you consider?

How To Get The Most Out Of Giving

meQuilibrium | Posted 10.27.2013 | Healthy Living
meQuilibrium

Giving is the antidote to stress. And while writing a check or zipping funds through the Internet is fantastic and a great way to support causes close to you in an expedient way, don't overlook the value of giving to those you feel personally connected to.