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Why People Give: Interpreting Altruism

Ratna Vira (Author) Suhasini Vira (Author)

Why do people really give?

Does giving indicate a kind heart?

Is altruism about feeling good or is there more to it?

We regularly see numerous displays of altruistic behaviour and instances of philanthropy, where the beneficiaries are often complete strangers. We cannot understand philanthropy without considering the motivation for giving: Why people give, their beliefs and, more importantly, the realization that in giving we receive.

This book is passionately argued, deeply researched and full of indelible stories of real people. The authors build a case for altruism and the urgent need for empathy in an increasingly self-centred and materialistic world.

Through stories drawn from real life, this book will change how we look at the act of giving. It shows that each one of us can bring about a change, if only we have the will. We don’t have to wait for governments or big corporations to act because the power lies within us-we can be the catalysts.

Contents: Preface. 1. Beginnings. 2. Have a heart- live from the heart. 3. Altruism transcends the selfish genes-a second chance at life. 4. Origins of altruism meme- a living miracle. 5. The game theory of giving-the daughter with golden smile. 6. Generosity isn’t altruism-this too shall pass. 7. What motivates donors? - Divine intervention. 8. The ultimate aim of altruism-when prayers are answered. 9. Transforming lives can lead to happiness-a shot at normal life. 10. Love is a two-way street-rain in the time of drought. 11. Giving gratitude-the heart that pumped dreams. 12. Optimism as art of living -power of hope amidst no option. 13. Grit, focus and determination-the hour of happiness. 14. Developing the drive to do good-the spirit of never giving up. 15. Creating ‘impact’ through giving-against all odds-every soul is a phoenix-light at the end of dark tunnel-wishing upon a shooting star-a hopeful sky of new beginnings. 16. The change makers. Reflections. Bibliography.

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Bibliographic information

Title Why People Give: Interpreting Altruism
Format Softcover
Date published: 31.12.2018
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789353285814
length 244p.