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Why It’s Good to Give to the GGSC

Announcement | December 13, 2013

Please support our work by making a year-end membership contribution. Your gift helps us give back to you!

During this year-end season of giving we ask you to make a membership contribution to the Greater Good Science Center. Why?

GGSC Summer Institute participant

1. Because You Belong. When you join the GGSC, you become part of a compassionate community of people like you: People who believe in the power of science to foster happier, healthier lives. What’s more, research shows that we’re hard-wired to feel pleasure when we give.

2. Because We Give Back to You. There are many benefits to GGSC membership, from discounts on live and online events to special features in our Greater Good online magazine. Members at the $100 level and above get our new DVD, Greater Good Live. Most of all, by supporting the GGSC you enable us to provide you with science-based insights all year long.

3. Because You Can Believe in the Greater Good. The New York Times recently called the GGSC the “epicenter for research on happiness and gratitude.” We’re a trusted voice bringing this science out of the lab and into homes, schools, and workplaces. We’re a small, independent non-profit based at one of the world’s great research universities. We’d like every Greater Good reader to become a member, and the more you give the more good we can share with the world.


In this season of thanks, we’re extremely grateful to you for your care and generosity. Our warmest wishes to you and your loved ones!

Professor Rudy Mendoza-Denton
Director, Greater Good Science Center

p.s. We’ve established a scholarship fund so more teachers can join our Summer Institute for Educators (SIE) in 2014. One 2013 SIE participant wrote, “This experience changed my life profoundly… because of it, I will be able to effect a positive change in the lives of others.” Wow! Type “institute” in the membership or donation promo code box to designate your gift for this fund.

p.p.s. And remember: Greater Good is the perfect gift! Consider giving a GGSC gift membership to friends or family. You’ll get double the happiness by helping us and sharing our member benefits.

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