TisBest Releases Fourth Educational Article in the Science of Giving Series

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New article explores research-based ways to encourage generosity in children.

The fourth of six Science of Giving articles focuses on raising generous children

Generosity in children means more than simply sharing a toy with a friend or sibling.

TisBest Philanthropy announces the release of the fourth article in the Science of Giving Series, The Secret to Raising a Generous Child. This article explores new scientific discoveries about the role of generosity in promoting childhood health and well being, as well as research-based techniques for encouraging this behavior in children.

“Generosity in children means more than simply sharing a toy with a friend or sibling,” writes TisBest Director of Programs Karli Larson. “When we think about raising generous kids what we’re hoping for is that they will thrive in all sorts of relationships by being willing to give and share. We want them to learn to appreciate making a positive contribution to their community, and develop a healthy sense of self that recognizes their individual capacity to create change as well as their fundamental connectedness to the world around them.”

A recent study from Harvard University, The Children We Mean to Raise: The Real Messages Adults are Sending About Values, presented the “rhetoric/reality gap” between what parents think they’re teaching their children about the value of caring for others, and the message children are actually hearing: that achievement and personal happiness matter above all else. In The Secret to Raising a Generous Child, Larson examines the Harvard study and provides parents with tips and information about how to close that gap.

The Secret to Raising a Generous Child is part of a six-month series from TisBest Philanthropy exploring the growing body of research on generosity and altruism. Previous articles in this series are What We Talk About When We Talk About Altruism, Why Elevation Changes Your Behavior and Transforming the Classroom Through Generosity, which can be accessed on the TisBest blog.

Click here to read The Secret to Raising a Generous Child.

About TisBest Philanthropy:
TisBest Philanthropy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the growth of non-material gift-giving. TisBest created charity gift cards in 2007. Charity gift cards work like conventional gift cards, but with one important exception: the recipient of a charity gift card "spends" it by choosing a charity to receive the funds. With a TisBest Charity Gift Card, you make the donation and your recipient decides how to spend the donation, choosing from TisBest's 300+ charity partners.

TisBest cards are customizable at no additional cost, and have become increasingly popular as consumer and business gifts. Learn more at http://www.tisbest.org.

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