Happiness happens, part 3: Generosity proves rewarding to the giver

Happiness happens, part 3: Generosity proves rewarding to the giver

“Obviously, you would give your life for your children, or give them the last biscuit on the plate. But to me, the trick in life is to take that sense of generosity between kin, make it apply to the extended family and to your neighbor, your village and beyond.” – Tom Stoppard

What exactly makes generosity so valuable? How can giving to other people be considered a “trick in life”? According to a book published in 2014, generosity just might hold the ever-elusive key to happiness.

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'It’s just a cry for help' and other suicide myths

‘It’s just a cry for help’ and other suicide myths

In 2013, more than 41,000 Americans committed suicide. To put that into perspective, 41,000 people could fill all of the seats of the Sydney Opera House 20 times over. To transport 41,000 people, one would need roughly 130 airplanes, 820 busses or 10,000 cars. Suicide is so prevalent that, in 2013, it was the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. In that year, someone died by suicide every 12.8 minutes.

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