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Altruism: The Power of Social Media

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. Updated: Jul 20th 2011


connectionWe’ve all seen it before in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the earthquakes in Haiti and Japan, the flood in Pakistan, among other natural disasters. The power of social media to raise funds is incredible. Recently Robin and Joshua Berry were driving with their family in west Texas when a tragic car crash left their children orphans, with the two sons, Peter and Aaron sustaining spinal injuries. Social media began to do its work and people were doing bake sales, lemonade stands and just beginning to donate large sums of money to support these children.

We have to get some perspective, that never before in our history on this planet has there been a medium for such grassroots efforts to support the tragedies of our times. If someone was a religious person they might call this part of social media divine intervention.

Our current President Barack Obama was arguable elected because of his ability to harness the power of raising funds through social media.

Social media allows us to easily access a core strength that encourages our well-being, altruism.

Altruism through social media isn’t just about giving money.  People are asked to contribute their time for sharing information with their smaller communities about topics they care about. Through social media we are not only able to give, but also feel part of a larger community, another aspect of well-being.

For me, I have edited an EBook called A Mindful Dialogue (Or if you don't have a Kindle application, click here)that includes many writings and practices from a variety of leaders in the field including Jon Kabat-Zinn, Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg and others and sent it out via social media sites as a means to give 100% of the proceeds to Save the Children.

I’d love to compile an interactive list below about how you have used social media in the past to give in some way whether politically, or to an organization you care about, or to a tragedy that you felt compelled to act on.

Your additions below create a living wisdom that can inspire not only one person, but many others in our chain of human connectedness.



Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in West Los Angeles and is author of the upcoming book The Now Effect, co-author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of the Mindful Solutions audio series, and the Mindfulness at Work™ program currently being adopted in multiple multinational corporations.

Check out Dr. Goldstein's acclaimed CD's on Mindful Solutions for Stress, Anxiety, and Depression, Mindful Solutions for Addiction and RelapsePrevention, and Mindful Solutions for Success and Stress Reduction at Work. -- "They are so relevant, I have marked them as one of my favorites on a handout I give to all new clients" ~ Psychiatrist.

If you're wanting to integrate more mindfulness into your daily life, sign up for his Mindful Living Twitter Feed. Dr. Goldstein is also available for private psychotherapy.

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