The Paradox of Generosity–Giving we Receive, Grasping we Lose
By Christian Smith, Hilary Davidson.
“The Paradox of Generosity is a winner. It’s a terrific book full of interesting and important data and insights and, more important, meaningful lessons for each of us and for all of us. Parents should make this book required reading for their adult children as a roadmap to greater happiness, health, and purpose in life.” –Jack Brennan, Chairman Emeritus, The Vanguard Group
“‘It is a sociological fact: by giving ourselves away, we flourish!’ Smith and Davidson provide data to support the truth of that statement as they unpack the rich learnings of Notre Dame’s ‘Science of Generosity Initiative.’ A must read for scholars, health professionals, nonprofit leaders, fundraisers, religious practitioners. But more: it written for anyone who in their giving and living want to live well and make a difference.” –William G. Enright, Director of the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indiana University
“…compelling and well-researched… the book argues that the regular practice of being generous with our money, time, and relationships enhances happiness.” –Publishers Weekly
“…[Fascinating]… I’m grateful for [the authors’] extensive research and careful presentation of the results. The charts, data, and lengthy interviews found in The Paradox of Generosity should satisfy skeptics and scholars. They have employed the language of academia to describe in new ways something that has always been true: That generosity feels good, and is good for you…” –Englewood Review of Books
“Smith and Davidson paint a rich portrait of the generous and ungenerous family, using excellent data.” –CHOICE
“This is a cogent, clearly written book that deftly weaves theoretical concepts and quantitative data into an intriguing account of generosity and how, precisely, it facilitates health, happiness, and purpose in life.” –American Journal of Sociology