Philanthropy is powerful because everyone can be affected by one or many people’s love for others. Philanthropy is not the practice of self importance and putting yourself above others. Philanthropy and its power on changing the world is about donating to charity your time or belongings. It is about giving to others less fortunate, and caring about other humans. Whether they know them or not, helping others and caring for the welfare of those less fortunate can change the world. The willingness to donate your belongings or time and energy for the benefit of others is very powerful. One person can change the life of someone else’s by one simple act of charity or kindness. Bill Gates is a wonderful example, due to his advantages, he can give his belongings to others to help them, rather than keeping all his success to himself. Over his lifetime Mr. Gates donated $27 billion dollars. From donating to charity, to simply sharing a kind expression with another, the act of helping others can be very powerful. Research shows that when people act out of kindness towards others, it changes the future actions and mood of both parties, not only affecting others but positively affecting the ones showing kindness. According to a study taken by Harvard University in 2007, when a person receives an act of kindness is happy, grateful, and elevated, making them likely to help someone else. When kindness towards another takes place, it creates a domino effect. This shows that a small simple act can make a much larger impact that expected. When an individual does something to another to boost their mood, that act of affection is carried on to the next person. A similar study taken in 2010 by Harvard Business School surveyed 136 countries. They came to the conclusion that ones who are altruistic, and giving to one’s less fortunate—in this case people who are donating financially to charity—were much happier than others. This research shows that caring for others expressing a kind action towards others, chances not only them, but yourself as well. This shows that this kind of reward system supports everyone involved. Not only is it great to express a caring action for another, but it is in our nature to care for other humans. According Dacher Keltner, co-director of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center. “Because of our very vulnerable offspring, the fundamental task for human survival and gene replication is to take care of others.” This shows that philanthropy comes easy to humans. We are naturally inclined to help ones in need, without this instinctual obligation humans would not have progressed as far as we have today. Mothers must care for their helpless children, and just as important, everyone must care for their peer. Clearly the research shows that acts of kindness with the intention to help others has no downside. It is very powerful to the one giving, and just as powerful to the one receiving. The act of giving resides in us all. We are taught to believe that there is more in giving than there is in receiving. Many people believe that if there is an opportunity to risk their lives and belongings for others, they would help. Although when people are put in tough situations, they may not act in the way they believed they would. Petra Nemcova is a prime example of how people can take the initiative and give it their all so that they can help others regardless of their pain. Petra and her fiancé, Simon Atlee, were vacationing in a resort in Thailand on December. 26, 2004. That same morning, one of the strongest earthquakes in recorded history took place, triggering a series of devastating tsunamis along the coasts. A wave pulled Petra and Atlee out of their bungalow, a piece of debris broke Petras pelvis, disabling her leg. “I heard people screaming, and people running away. Everyone was so frantic,” Petra said. The next day Nemcova was transferred by helicopter to a hospital. She spent the next few weeks recovering in a hospital in Thailand. But hardly a year later, while still recovering from her emotional and physical wounds, she returned to Thailand. She felt the desire to see how she could help rebuild the lives of the children whose lives were impacted by the natural disaster. She knew that in time the emergency response teams would leave the area, and leave the broken families to rebuild on their own. Facing her pain from the incident, she returned, putting herself lower than the ones who were affected more by the tragedy. She donated her time and effort and put others first no matter the circumstance. This alone is a strong example of how some people strive to help others that they may not know. The desire to help is built in all of us. She returned to help in any way she could, even after experiencing her tragedy. All through human history scholars and memorable individuals have stated how important giving is to humankind. Saint Francis of Assisi, an Italian Roman Catholic friar, stated, “For it is in giving that we receive.” Ones of religious power and backround know that giving is very important. Winston Churchill, an army officer, British statesman, and writer, who also served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom expressed, “We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.” This man of many talents knows that giving is essential for life. Not only ones of religious background and power know the importance of giving. Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time, expressed his view on giving back to humanity by saying, “The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity.” Experienced ones that have been through hardships have shown the world their wisdom on what they believe is powerful. In these cases, it’s providing for others, and serving humanity in any way possible. These examples show that philanthropy is the road to human success.Some might believe that your needs must come first, or possibly that no matter what you do for others, they will always take it for granted, waste your efforts to help. It seems understandable that some might believe this. However, Research shows that when kindness is shown, it is relayed to others, and shows significant increases in overall happiness and health. Jorge Moll and Jordan Grafman ran a study in 2006. They came to the consensus through fMRI scans and numerous studies taken in the 2000s, that “Donating affects two brain “reward” systems working together” This shows the medical backing behind our natural instinct to help, and how it benefits the ones giving.