Michael Norton shares fascinating research on how money can indeed buy happiness—when you don’t spend it on yourself. Listen for surprising data on the many ways pro-social spending can benefit you, your work, and (of course) other people.

Throw a pebble into the stillness of a pond. Watch the ripples spread. This is the power of giving. It’s a tiny action that begins in your heart but ripples out, altering the landscape of the world, grain by grain. When we choose to give, something within us shifts, like a click of a lock. Our hearts, once focused inward, turn outward. The world becomes a little more vibrant, a little more hopeful.

Every act of generosity, however small, sends waves of change that beat against the shore of negativity. Giving doesn’t just make the world better. It makes us better, too. A giver’s heart is a shifting, changing thing, morphing with each act of generosity.

Stephen Boudreau serves as VP of Brand & Community at Virtuous Software. For over two decades, he has helped nonprofits leverage the digital space to grow their impact. To that end, Stephen co-founded RaiseDonors, a platform that provides nonprofits with technology and experiences that remove barriers to successful online fundraising. He is an avid (but aging) soccer player, audiobook enthusiast, and the heavily-disputed UNO champion of his household.

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