In this inspiring book, Santi reveals giving is the secret to living a life that is full of meaning, purpose, and happiness.
Jenny Santi was born and raised in Manila in the Philippines, has lived in London, the Loire Valley and Singapore and now lives in New York. Santi is a philanthropy advisor to some of the world's most generous philanthropists and celebrity activists. For five years, beginning when she was only twenty-eight, Santi was the head of Philanthropy Services (Southeast Asia) for the world's largest wealth manager.
"The Giving Way to Happiness is full of interesting insights
from big-ticket philanthropists and prominent personalities, but it
is also about something bigger: how we can all find happiness
through helping others. If done right, giving may well be the
greatest gift you can give yourself."
--Adam Grant, professor, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and New York Times-bestselling author of Give and Take
"This thoughtful look at philanthropy honestly examines the
self-interest often involved in it and suggests that a self-focused
approach to giving may in fact be entirely appropriate."
"Well done! A wonderful and timely contribution."
--Christy Turlington Burns, founder of Every Mother Counts
"The Giving Way to Happiness will change the way you
approach giving, shifting the focus from charity to empathy, from a
one-way transfer to a mutually beneficial act, from guilt and
obligation to pleasure and happiness. Jenny Santi, through her
well-researched, eloquent, and insightful book, teaches us how we
can help ourselves by helping others."
--Carl Liederman, former CEO of One Young World, and founder & CEO of Liedership
"Does humanity really need another book about happiness? If it's this one, yes. Jenny Santi brings unique access to some of the world's highest profile givers. By getting into their heads, she gives us moving glimpses into their hearts. And into hers--a new generation MBA who seeks justice and joy. These pages pop with hope for both."
--Irshad Manji, founder of NYU's Moral Courage Project, and New York Times-bestselling author of The Trouble with Islam Today
"Jenny Santi's book delivers an important message: Giving can
make as much of a difference in your own life as it does in
others'. It's a new way of thinking and a compelling case for
giving that can help cultivate purpose for individuals and change
for communities. Her stories of how inspiring people such as Ted
Turner and Muhammad Yunus made the decision to give at scale also
show you don't have to be a billionaire or world leader to make a
--Kathy Calvin, CEO, United Nations Foundation
"As Jenny Santi so eloquently shows, to give is not just
better than to receive; to give is to receive. The people in
this book are from all walks of life--a dolphin captor who comes to
regret his work, the grieving mother of a 9/11 victim, a
Bangladeshi economist doubtful that what he's teaching really
matters, an entrepreneur struggling with ALS, and many others--but
they share a passion for giving that changes them in profound ways.
Their stories are a testament to the fact that when we give of
ourselves, we not only improve the lives of others, but we find
genuine happiness and deeper meaning in our own."
--Brandt Goldstein, visiting associate professor at New York Law School and author of Storming the Court
"Given the growing inequity on our planet, what is the
solution? Santi shows us that a culture of giving can change the
world around us while fulfilling each of our lives at the deepest
level. Impressive, inspiring, and full of wisdom!"
--Shiv Khemka, Vice Chairman, SUN Group
"Jenny Santi has succeeded in crafting a compelling blend of
moving stories, powerful insights, and practical advice on how each
of us can find 'The Giving Way to Happiness.' This book
demonstrates that each of us can feel the impact and spiritual
rewards of giving if we choose to make the journey. Her efforts and
personal experiences will be an inspiration to many."
--Alex Charlton, president of Cavendish Global
"This is an inspirational book, which addresses both
philosophical and practical questions. Santi's perceptive account
is uplifting and insightful. The book is packed with heart-warming
stories, fascinating research, personal revelations, useful tips,
and timely advice. The Giving Way to Happiness explores the
very real connection between helping others and helping ourselves."
--Ilian Mihov, Dean, INSEAD
"With expertise, passion, and captivating real-life stories
that keep you at the edge of your seat, Jenny Santi reminds us of
the life-changing power of giving--it is essential to our
well-being as individuals, families, and communities. The Giving
Way to Happiness is an important book for people of every
generation who want to be fully alive in the world."
--Tara Stiles, founder and CEO of Strala Yoga
"There is now compelling evidence from neuroscience that giving tends to make people happy. Jenny Santi has added to this science the evidence of a fascinating collection of people, some well known, some not, who have experienced life changing happiness through dedication to philanthropy. Santi has written a book that is insightful and entertaining and sure to inspire readers to try some of that recipe for happiness themselves.
--Matthew Bishop, globalisation editor at The Economist, and coauthor of Philanthrocapitalism
"Authentic, candid, and insightful, The Giving Way to
Happiness masterfully interweaves touching and often surprising
stories into the analysis of how people live lives full of meaning,
purpose and happiness. This is an important book that sends a
wonderful message that is so simple at its core but that is
unfortunately too often overlooked--that the act of giving creates
a multiplier effect, adding something to the life of those in need
but also intrinsically rewarding the giver too, making him or her
happier as well. Altruistic or not--the effect is positive. Santi's
book is filled with lessons you'll want to immediately start
applying to your life. Read it to find out more."
--Boris FJ Collardi, CEO of Julius Baer
"An enlightening read, filled with open, honest
glimpses into the lives of inspirational personalities from
different walks of life. This is a rare book that will make you
smile, move you to tears, inspire you to make a difference, and
make you happy--while reading the same page. This book is a
friendly, approachable yet sharply written narrative packed with
ideas you'll want to immediately start applying to your
--Malvinder Mohan Singh, executive chairman of Fortis Healthcare Ltd.
"This book presents a groundbreaking new perspective on happiness. Through her exciting career as a philanthropy advisor to some of the world's most generous individuals, Jenny Santi offers us a view into the principles that have made them not only successful, but truly happy."
--Jayesh Parekh, co-founder of Sony Entertainment Television and managing partner of Jungle Ventures
"A wonderful book for a new generation of individuals
who not only want to make a difference but also want to live
exciting, fulfilling, and happy lives. Packed with inspiring
stories of people from different walks of life and with lessons
directly applicable to your own. Just pick it up and you'll be
--Katherine Lorenz, President, Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation
"In a very readable and compelling way, Jenny Santi
weaves together science and strategy that will inspire anyone who
is looking to build more strategic purpose into philanthropy, gain
insights into volunteering, or better understand their purpose. A
--John R Hart, vice chairman, New York Private Bank & Trust
From the Hardcover edition.