Raising the Bar: The Role of ‘Social Information’ in Charitable Giving

Suppose you work at an organization — like a public radio station or library — that offers a free service of value to society, such as quality radio programming or the ability to borrow books at no cost. And suppose you decide to launch a fund-raising drive to help cover your organization’s operating expenses. How would you structure that drive? Are there steps you could take — besides offering gifts or other incentives — to increase the amount of money that individual donors commit? => http://bit.ly/ghHujH

Your smiles heal you and your neighbor.

A compassionate attitude helps you communicate easily with fellow human beings. As a result, you make more genuine friends; the atmosphere is more positive, which gives you inner strength. This inner strength helps you voluntarily concern yourself with others, instead of just thinking about your own self.

Scientific research has shown that those individuals who often use words such as me, I and mine face a greater risk of a heart attack. If one always thinks of oneself, one’s thinking becomes very narrow; even a small problem appears very significant and unbearable.When we think of others, our minds widen, and within that large space, even big personal problems may appear insignificant. This, according to me, makes all the difference.

To develop concern for others one could start by analyzing the value of negative feelings, or ill feelings, toward others. Consider what that means to you, and how you feel about yourself. Next probe the value of such a mental attitude and the value of a mind that shows concern and compassion for others.

I am suggesting that you analyze and make comparisons between these two mental attitudes. From my experience, I have found that insecurity and a lack of self-confidence brings about fears, frustration, and depression. However, if your nature changes to a selfless concern for the welfare of others, you will experience calmness, a sense of inner strength, and self-confidence.

The capacity for compassion that one has for others is the measuring rod for one’s own mental state, and compassion develops an inner strength. It is unnecessary to see the results of our acts of compassion. In some cases, our sense of compassion may not be appreciated. Many people have the impression that the practice of love, compassion, and forgiveness is of benefit to others, but will serve no specific purpose to one’s own self. I think that is wrong. These positive emotions will immediately help one’s own mental state.

By His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Reach out for your dreams, and bring them closer to your heart.

You’re good, but you’re going to be great.

You’re the best, but you’re going to get better.

Sometimes the paths we take are long and hard, but remember: those are always the ones that lead to the most beautiful views.

Challenges come along inevitably: how you respond to them determines who you are – deep down inside – and everything you’re going to be.

Increase the chances of reaching your goals by working at them gradually. The very best you can do is all that is asked of you.

Realize that you are capable of working miracles of your own making. Remember that opportunities have a reason for knocking on your door, and the right ones are there for the taking.

You don’t always have to win, but you do need to know what it takes to be a winner.

It’s up to you to find the key that unlocks the door to a more fulfilling life.

Understand that increased difficulty brings you nearer to the truth of how to survive it – and get beyond it.

Cross your bridges.

Meet your challenges.

Reach out for your dreams, and bring them closer and closer to your heart.

Get rid of the “if only’s” and get on with whatever you need to do to get things right.

Go after what you want in life, with all the blessings of all the people who care about you. And find out what making your wishes come true really feels like.

~ Collin McCarty ~

Public Speaking tip – Creating the wow with your voice

 How you deliver your speech is even more important than the content of your speech. The way you use your voice during a presentation will either grab and keep your audience’s attention or put them to sleep.

It is estimated that when a voice-trained person delivers a speech, the audience retains 83 per cent of the information. In contrast, when an untrained person delivers the same speech the audience will only retain 45 per cent of the information.

An interesting voice will have a varied pitch and variations in pace and volume. A speech which is delivered in a monotonous voice is very dull indeed for the audience.

There are various characteristics that alter a person’s speech, such as clarity, volume, pitch, tone and speed of delivery. Let’s look at those characteristics now. => http://bit.ly/gjseYw

Love – from Victor Hugo

What a grand thing, to be loved! What a grander thing still, to love!

– Victor Hugo

Round Ireland with a Fridge

Round Ireland with a Fridge, is loving, whimsical film that takes you on a journey that really highlights our true potential. British comedian Tony Hawks made (and stars in) this delightful film from his bestselling book by the same name.

Celebrate Women’s History Month

Women today face more challenges than ever accompanied by feelings of being overwhelmed and spread much too thin. More and more women are raising their hands and speaking up to tell the truth about how they feel. Other women are saying, “Me, too! Oh, thank Goodness I’m not the only one!” Enjoy this movie that will make you laugh, think and appreciate all the women in your life. Share this with others to bring encouragement to them as well as the reassurance and comfort in knowing they are not alone.

“A Day Made of Glass”

Sometimes I overlook the huge role glass plays in my life – that’s for sure. But I’m intrigued with this technology!!

Watch “A Day Made of Glass” and take a look at Corning’s vision for the future with specialty glass at the heart of it.