85. Jenny Santi – The Giving Way to Happiness Part 1

Jenny Santi is an established professional in the field of philanthropy and the author of The Giving Way to Happiness: Stories and Science Behind the Life-Changing Power of Giving. She is the founder of philanthropic advisory firm Saint & Partners and formerly served as the head of Philanthropy Services for UBS in Southeast Asia. Jenny is a painter who believes in art’s ability to heal and has studied at the Art Students League of New York and the Florence Academy of Art.

Jenny joins me today to discuss the power of giving and the impact that giving can have on the giver. She shares the importance of giving in ways that resonate with our genuine interests and passions and how it can allow us to experience more purpose, joy, and fulfillment. Jenny also highlights her work in the philanthropic sector and the insights she gained through the process of interviewing people for her book.

“We all have the same amount of time. It is up to us to decide how much or how little of that time we devote in service.” – Jenny Santi

This week on The School for Good Living Podcast:

  • Who Jenny wrote The Giving Way to Happiness for and why
  • A question you should ask people instead of “what do you do?”
  • Jenny’s upbringing in the Philippines and what her “lucky break” was
  • How giving and happiness are related and why it is something we can all engage in regardless of how much we have
  • Why we can feel exhausted and burnt out from giving
  • Questions to ask yourself to become more intentional with your giving
  • Jenny’s experience with interviewing Muhammad Yunus for her book and insights she gained in the process
  • Selflessness, selfishness, and the mentality people tend to hold surrounding scarcity and giving
  • Five things that you get from giving and the interplay between giving and healing
  • The definition of philanthropy and what it is truly about

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