The Science of Generous Living

By Debbie Wright | 26 March 2019

 

We are halfway through 40acts 2019 and, along with many faithful followers, every year our generosity campaign attracts thousands of new activists who get caught up in this wave of giving and altruism.

We know because our inbox and social media channels are brimming with stories of generosity and giving that touch our hearts and souls. We read them aloud, share over coffee and pore over pictures of people carrying out heart-warming acts for their neighbour, friend, boss or stranger.

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FAQ: Why should I give?

By David Flowers | 21 February 2019 | Comments (2)

 

This is going to seem a bit like mum saying “it’s for your own good” as she tips cod-liver oil down your throat - but one of the main reasons for being generous is that: giving is good for you! It may be good for the recipient too, but, believe it or not, you benefit most from being generous. You really do. Here is the main reason why: giving breaks the power of money.

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The line between greed and generosity

By Jane Clamp | 30 January 2019

I confess I’m a bargain hunter, whatever the time of year. I can walk into a shop and find my feet tracking their way to the stickered items before I’ve consciously registered their existence. I’m like the Bisto kid of the reduced-item retail world – that is, until the January sales, which bring out a very different reaction in me.

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Secret Santa

By Jane Clamp | 19 December 2018 | Comments (6)

It’s that time again, the office party or works’ dinner out looms, and someone has come up with the bright scheme of having a Secret Santa. The idea (in case you are unfamiliar) is that each person in the organisation buys a gift for one other person, whose name is drawn randomly from a top hat, if done properly, but an old Jiffy bag if not. The end result is that everyone receives a present at the event, with no one left out.

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Spurring each other on to reckless generosity

By Joel Leakey | 14 November 2018 | Comments (1)

One of the things I love about generosity is that it’s always available to us. The worst kind of day can happen, you can stub your toe, work can be rubbish, the dog can vomit on the rug – and you can still walk out the door and practice generosity. The door never closes on generosity, and the chance to make someone else’s life better is always there. It’s always an option.

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Upside Down Giving

By Kezia Owusu-Yianoma | 24 October 2018

Reverse tithing. Generous even in poverty. Christians love a juxtaposition. We love to illustrate a point using polar opposites. Maybe that’s because it’s all over the Bible. That’s why you can read the phrase reverse tithing without even batting an eyelid, because at first it seems illustrative. Except reverse tithing isn’t just an illustration, it’s a real way to tithe. Or at least it is for Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church and his wife.

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Why I Give: Stewart McCulloch

By Craig Borlase | 28 September 2018 | Comments (3)

What were you taught about generosity when you were a child?

Growing up, we did not have much money, but my father – a carpenter – gave his time and skills to our elderly and poor neighbours.

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Give and Let Give

By Sue Richards | 24 September 2018 | Comments (1)

As a visually impaired person, my husband, John, has often been the recipient of generous giving. He has benefitted from fund-raising activities and street collections, and has been the owner of four gorgeous guide dogs. He is extremely grateful to charities like Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, RNIB, Calibre (who send him audio books) and the BWBF who provide him with an internet radio.

But it’s important to him to be able to give too.

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Should I give to Oxfam?

By Craig Borlase | 21 March 2018 | Comments (11)

7,094. That’s the number of direct debits that Oxfam reported cancelled in the wake of the Haiti scandal. Minnie Driver and Archbishop Desmond Tutu both removed their support from the charity, and for days on end politicians and the media lined up to air their public criticism.

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40acts 2018: the story so far

By Kezia Owusu-Yianoma | 16 March 2018

We’re over halfway through the 40acts 2018 challenge - woohoo! This year thousands of people have joined us from all across the world to do something different this Lent. Our theme is Faith in Deed, focusing on putting our money where our heart is and our faith into action.

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