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Igniting the “givers glow”

One of the most recognizable characters in literature is the parsimonious Ebenezer Scrooge.  During the Christmas season, he, Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchit, and Tiny Tim step into the spotlight as The Christmas Carol takes center stage on television and in theaters.

You can find a different version of the classic tale on TV any given day during December.  I watched the Muppet adaptation this past weekend and the George C. Scott version last night. Bill Murray does a comedic modern-day Scrooge that is fun to see.

If you count them all there have been over 200 different undertakings to share the classic story of the transformation of a miserable old soul into a giddy and happy benefactor.  It is a story that resonates in our culture.

What lesson does Scrooge learn during that fateful Christmas Eve night when confronted by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come?  He remembers to love.  And his love is embodied in giving. And his generosity changes his whole demeanor.

Professor and researcher, Stephen Post, refers to this new persona as the “givers glow”. Post authored The Hidden Gifts of Helping and is president of the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love.

In a holiday message, Post shares some insights about love and giving.  It turns out that the “glow” that comes from giving isn’t wishful thinking.  Participants in the 2010 Do Good Live Well Survey, released by United Healthcare, reported that “volunteering made them feel physically healthier”. Continue reading Igniting the “givers glow”

Unlimited Love Heals

Ohio Statehouse 9-11-11

If there was a take-away for me from all the recent documentaries and tributes surrounding 9/11, it was to see what love accomplishes.

That eventful day ten years ago not only uncovered “gaps in our [country’s] intelligence”, but also “gaps in our hearts”, according to Robert Glenn, Executive Director of Ohio Homeland Security. Glenn spoke before a coalition of diverse religious organizations at an Interfaith Prayer Service marking the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The event was held at the Ohio Statehouse.

While it is easy to focus on the destructive images of that day, the real accomplishment of 9/11 was the resulting display of love, compassion, courage, and forgiveness overtaking the unwelcomed sense of insecurity, the dampening effects of vulnerability and the rush to hate. Glenn acknowledged that we should “guard our hearts.” Continue reading Unlimited Love Heals