We often focus on how our gifts can help those in need. But the act of giving actually improves our own lives as well. In The Giving Way to Happiness, Jenny Santi overturns conventional thinking about what it takes to be happy by revealing how giving to others—whether in the form of money, expertise, time, or love—has helped people from all walks of life find purpose and joy. Drawing on the wisdom of great thinkers past and present, as well as cutting-edge scientific research, Santi makes an eloquent and passionate case that oftentimes the answers to the problems that haunt us, and the key to the happiness that eludes us, lie in helping those around us.

This book is filled with inspiring stories told firsthand by Academy Award winner Goldie Hawn, Noble Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, maternal health advocate Christy Turlington Burns, Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp, philanthropist Richard Rockefeller, environmentalist Philippe Cousteau, and many others from all over the world. Despite their diverse backgrounds, they have all found unexpected happiness and fulfillment through giving.

In addition, Santi reveals:
– How altruism involves far more than suppressing basic selfish urges. Rather, we are wired to give, as it activates the same pleasure centers of the brain stimulated by food, sex, and drugs
– How helping others is a proven means of dealing with adversity and processing grief
– Practical, universally applicable lessons on what kind of giving makes people happy and what doesn’t. How do you discover giving that is unique to you and makes you feel good?

In this inspiring book, Santi reveals giving is the secret to living a life that is full of meaning, purpose, and happiness.

Kids don’t really walk around saying, “I want to be a philanthropy advisor when I grow up.” My journey to what I do now was not a straight line but a series of dots that I have only recently been able to connect.

I was born in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, a very Americanized society.
Almost all the nursery rhymes I learned were in English, including my favorite,
“Fly, Fly, Fly the Butterfly.” I attended Catholic school for fifteen years: eleven in
a primary and secondary school run by Augustinian friars and four in a Jesuit
university. Manila is staunchly Catholic and very traditional; if you did well in
school (which I did even though I was extremely shy), you very well ought to be
a doctor, a lawyer, or a banker (which my parents sort of were). My dad handled
the family businesses, a manufacturing company dealing in metals, and a rural
bank.

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Filipina philanthropist bares ‘sure way to happiness’

With numerous trials and inevitable sufferings in life, the path to genuine and lasting happiness seem to be uncertain and elusive to many.

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