The Powerful Word of the month for August is “charity.”

Charity is giving to those in need without expecting anything in return. Some might choose to give to other people– such as to children, families or veterans. Some recipients may suffer from poverty, while others might suffer from a fatal disease, a debilitating disability, a natural disaster or even loneliness.

But charity doesn’t always go to people. Some might give to endangered animals or to those who may need a home. Others might give to a cause such as research to further science and medicine, environmental protection, freedom or safety. There are many kinds of charities that we can support.

Some might believe that charity is all about giving money– but there are many ways to give. They are called “The 3 Ts”– Time, Treasures and Talents.

We can give of our Time; these are the hours we can devote to giving, sharing, or helping others. Spending time with others can help squelch loneliness or take some of the workload off of others.

We can give our Treasures. Whether money or other valuables, treasures can help others thrive and survive. A treasure might be last year’s backpack– if the recipient is a child who can’t afford one. Or it might be household goods to a shelter who has little funding.

We can also give of our Talents; from wood-working and carpentry to entertaining, gardening or care-taking. When people give of themselves, they can enhance the lives of others.

As it turns out; it feels good to give. Studies have shown that the same brain region that is activated when people win money is activated when they give to charity — there is a kind of “reward” built into the brain

that motivates us to give. A cyclical effect begins; pro social giving makes us feel good,so we give more, and so on. Starting this cycle early is key!

We thank you for your support. You are pivotal in helping to make our school one of the best Martial Arts and personal development centers in the world.

Here’s to your success!

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