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Why People Give
Interpreting Altruism

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  • Ratna Vira - Artist, Speaker and the Author of the bestselling novels Daughter by Court Order and It’s Not About You
  • Suhasini Vira - Student, Economics and Politics, Durham University, UK


August 2019 | 244 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Why do people really give?
Does giving indicate a kind heart?
Is altruism about feeling good or is there more to it?

We regularly see numerous displays of altruistic behaviour and instances of philanthropy, where the beneficiaries are often complete strangers. We cannot understand philanthropy without considering the motivation for giving: Why people give, their beliefs and, more importantly, the realization that in giving we receive.

This book is passionately argued, deeply researched and full of indelible stories of real people. The authors build a case for altruism and the urgent need for empathy in an increasingly self-centred and materialistic world.

Through stories drawn from real life, this book will change how we look at the act of giving. It shows that each one of us can bring about a change, if only we have the will. We don’t have to wait for governments or big corporations to act because the power lies within us—we can be the catalysts.


 
Preface
 
Acknowledgement
 
Beginnings
 
Have a Heart-Live from the Heart
 
Altruism Transcends the Selfish Genes-A Second Chance at Life
 
Origins of Altruism Meme- A Living Miracle
 
The Game Theory of Giving-The Daughter with Golden Smile
 
Generosity Isn’t Altruism-This Too Shall Pass
 
What Motivates Donors?- Divine Intervention
 
The Ultimate Aim of Altruism-When Prayers Are Answered
 
Transforming Lives Can Lead to Happiness-A Shot at Normal Life
 
Love Is a Two-way Street-Rain in the Time of Drought
 
Giving Gratitude-The Heart That Pumped Dreams
 
Optimism as Art of Living -Power of Hope Amidst No Option
 
Grit, Focus and Determination-The Hour of Happiness
 
Developing the Drive to Do Good-The Spirit of Never Giving Up
 
Creating ‘Impact’ Through Giving-Against All Odds-Every Soul Is a Phoenix-Light at the End of Dark Tunnel-Wishing Upon a Shooting Star-A Hopeful Sky of New Beginnings
 
The Change Makers
 
Reflections
 
Bibliography

‘I see this book coming at a very interesting time—it focuses on hope and optimism rather than worrying about the world. It focuses on how the world will, could and has always come together to serve its own people’.

Dr Purvi Mehta,
Head of Asia Agriculture, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

This is a truly remarkable book full of humanity and common decency. The authors understand the joy of giving and the impact of philanthropy, and now explore what altruism means, what makes people give.

Janet Anne Royall, Baroness Royall of Blaisdon,
Principal of Somerville College, University of Oxford, and former Leader of the House of Lords

This is a truly remarkable book full of humanity and common decency. The authors understand the joy of giving and the impact of philanthropy, and now explore what altruism means, what makes people give.

Janet Anne Royall, Baroness Royall of Blaisdon,
Principal of Somerville College, University of Oxford, and former Leader of the House of Lords
Key features

• The topic of the book is relevant and universal in its appeal.
• The book includes engaging real life stories that readers can relate to.
• The book has a running conversation between two people of different generations that addresses some of the top-of-the-mind questions or doubts that lay readers may have about altruism.


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