DALAI LAMA ON CHARITABLE GIVING AND HAPPINESS
Google "charitable giving and happiness" and at quick glance of the results, there's really no question - or surprise. Giving feels good and stats show that those who give to charity are happier. Why is that? What can science tell us about this positive correlation and neurology behind it? Is altruism something that can be cultivated? Scientists at Stanford were inspired to explore some of these questions following a discussion with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Whatever the results of their studies, the Dalai Lama has good advice and inspiration for us all.
From RE: Philanthropy!:
"The Center [for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education] uses state-of-the-art science to explore ways compassion can be cultivated in individuals, as well as society.
They believe that health, well-being and even happiness, are related to leading a giving life, characterized by charitable thoughts and actions. A team led by noted Stanford psychologist and neuroscientist Brian Knutson, PhD, is using brain scans to identify regions in the brain associated with compassion."
Full Article: "Charitable Giving and Happiness: Advice from the Dalai Lama"