Women’s Equality Day

“There will never be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers.”
Susan B. Anthony

“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!”
Maya Angelou

“With passion and courage, women have taught us that when we band together to advocate for our highest ideals, we can advance our common well-being and strengthen the fabric of our nation.”
President Barack Obama

Today, we take a moment to celebrate the adoption of the 19th amendment with National Women’s Equality Day. On the morning of August 26, 1920, the ratified amendment arrived in Washington, D.C. after being passed in the House and Senate in January of 1918 and 1919, respectively. The right to vote was granted to women across the nation once then Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby certified it. [Read more…]

The Pay It Forward Movement

You may have heard of the term “pay it forward.” Maybe it’s in regard to a line for coffee, in a food drive-thru lane, or even the popular movie starring Helen Hunt and Kevin Spacey. But what does it mean to pay something forward? According to this definition it “…is an expression for describing the beneficiary of a good deed repaying it to others instead of to the original benefactor.” Today, pay it forward moments often refer to someone paying the bill for the next person in the line behind them, which can lead that person to do the same for the person after them, and so on. [Read more…]

Why Giving Makes Us Happy

While receiving gifts can be exciting, research and experts say that the act of giving could actually make us feel better than receiving.

Studies show that when we get a gift or experience an act of generosity, our bodies release a hormone call oxytocin, which is associated with feelings of love and trust. The presence of this hormone also makes the recipient more likely to also act generously, which could explain the reason for “pay it forward” occurrences. So, it’s no surprise to read then, that numerous studies have shown that spending money on others or making a charitable donation actually makes us happier than when we are on the receiving end.  [Read more…]