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Science and Religion Agree: Giving Is Good for You

How generous souls bless the world and themselves at the same time


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The wise ones knew it all along, but now scientists have proved it to be true—giving is good for you. “Giving affects our brain chemistry,” reports Arthur Brooks in The New York Sun. “It induces endorphins that produce very mild euphoric sensations… Charity also lowers the stress hormones that cause unhappiness.

“Generous people were found to have dramatically lower levels of the stress hormones cortisol, epinephrine and norepinephrine in their brains. The bottom line is that giving is not just good for your favorite cause; it’s good for you, too. For relief from stress and depression, it’s probably more cost-effective than whatever your doctor might prescribe. And it’s not illegal or fattening...”

Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, Hinduism Today’s founder, taught that “You can’t give anything away but that it comes back to you, in one form or another, tenfold. That is the law.” He explained that the door that opens within you when you give is the same door that lets abundance in. When you have cracked open that one door, it is cracked open. When you leave it open wide, it is open wide. The guru was giving us a great gift with those words.

He established the Hinduism Today Production Fund as a channel for those who would share the magazine’s vision, and want to keep it alive and thriving. We invite you to join those noble ones and keep that door to good fortune flung wide open by giving generously to the Production Fund. If you have given before, please give again.

An especially potent way to give is to include the Fund in your estate plan. Estate planning offers many varied ways of giving, some of which you will find to be just right for you, even beneficial. They can lead to substantial tax savings, for example. See our website www.hheonline.org and click on “ways to give” for a clear and simple overview of planned giving’s many opportunities.

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The vision.

The Hinduism Today Production Fund was created to enable the magazine to ever more effectively do what it does best:  uplift Hindus and Hinduism everywhere.

Print and digital editions of HINDUISM TODAY are produced by the monks of Kauai's Hindu Monastery as a public service, not to tell their own story, but to cover the people, events, philosophy and traditions of the broader Hindu world. The monastic staff also direct a skilled international cadre of journalists, artists and photographers who help create the magazine.

Grants from the Hinduism Today Production Fund subsidize a part of each Hinduism Today issue and thus supports its mission of uplifting Hinduism, Hindus and like-minded souls everywhere.

The grants help cover travel expenses and fees for reporters, photographers, researchers and artists. Or they may help send members of our monastic staff to conferences to sharpen their skills in digital publishing and other areas.

The financial goal of the Hinduism Today Production Fund is to build principal to $10 million which will provide a monthly grant of approximately $16,700.

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