Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Gratitude (Nicole Wilken)

Here is an interesting idea about the cyclical nature of philanthropy:

In a recent essay, gratitude guru Robert Emmons argues that thankfulness is important not only because it helps people feel good, but also because it encourages them do good. “Gratitude takes us outside ourselves where we see ourselves as part of a larger, intricate network of sustaining relationships, relationships that are mutually reciprocal,” he writes. “As such, gratitude serves as a key link in the dynamic between receiving and giving. It is not only a response to kindnesses received, but it is also a motivator of future benevolent actions on the part of the recipient.” This “pay it forward” aspect of gratitude fosters the exchange of time, money, and attention in the service of social good.

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