Why Practice Effective Altruism?

Studies show that giving makes you happier. Much happier. Whether you're giving to family members, neighbors, charitable organizations, your larger community, or a person you don't know in Sub-Saharan Africa, giving to others is not self-sacrifice. It's the best gift you can offer yourself.

But giving is hard. Our culture often doesn't encourage giving, particularly giving to people who live far away, live very different lives from ours, and are out of sight and out of mind. We all feel at least some emotional resistance to the thought of increasing our giving. To help you overcome this resistance, you will learn scientifically-tested behavioral techniques at our meetings. These techniques will help you work toward any goals for giving you set for yourself and avoid negative associations, like "self-sacrifice", with altruism.

At our first meetup, you will begin to learn these "altruism-coping skills." We will play "The Giving Game" and share perspectives regarding what to consider when giving to achieve maximum impact.