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The world, let’s face it, is in a mess: a social, economic and environmental mess, largely of our own making.
But luckily, there is a way to fix it. It’s simple – we need to lead more generous lives. If we do, we’ll not just make our world a better place, we’ll make ourselves happier and more fulfilled.
Please Take One looks at where we’ve gone wrong. And more importantly, it sets out how we can start to go right, in simple, practical, everyday ways. We can’t wait for change to happen. We need to take the initiative right now and help each other live more generous lives so together we can step towards a more generous world.
All profits of the book goes to the Rainmaker Foundation, a collaborative charity which aims to inspire generosity and help meaningful causes all over the world.
The Secret of Happiness Might Just Be Generosity by Bill Liao, Huffington Post, August 27 2010
Stingy people are generally associated with misery and anger. We often see examples of the selfish and miserly. We are easily offended by corporate greed and avarice.
Pure self interest is certainly a default way of living and when under threat we tend to look to ourselves before others.
Also, we hate to be taken advantage of or hoodwinked, so we protect ourselves by holding back.
The funny thing is that we appear to be at our happiest when we are doing just the opposite. I know for myself that I am at my best and happiest when I am in service of something greater than my own needs.