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On Philanthropy: What goes around comes around; philanthropy helps the giver, too

Talk of philanthropy usually centers on donations of money or time to help individuals, institutions and socially useful purposes _ locally, nationally or globally. Such talk usually focuses on how a giver can help others and change the world.tmpplchld Acts of philanthropy, however, are rarely totally selfless. They can greatly benefit the giver as well as the recipient. Researchers have documented this phenomenon, which they call the "helper's high" or "giver's glow." These benefits can last a lifetime.tmpplchld "Every great moral and spiritual tradition points to the truth that in the giving of self lies the discovery of a deeper self," said Dr....