Toys for Tots on #GivingTuesday

Explore the Science of Giving with Us This Holiday Season

Did you know that today is #GivingTuesday? A far-reaching, universal effort, #GivingTuesday is a day dedicated to philanthropy and community connectedness. After time with family and shopping, #GivingTuesday is strategically placed by its organizers to kick off the holiday season, and to provide us all with a time to reflect on needs outside of our own. It’s a day to consider how we can give back to our communities and make the holidays a little brighter for those in need.

In our Columbus offices, we’re celebrating #GivingTuesday by spreading the word about our partnership with the local ABC6/FOX28 Toys for Tots toy drive. We’re collecting toys from our own community of McGraw-Hill Education teammates, and opening our offices to serve as toy drop-off stations.

You can join our #GivingTuesday efforts by providing underprivileged children in the community with new, unwrapped toys for the holidays. To participate in the drive and donate a toy, you can stop by either of our office locations or bring your toy to the live toy drive on Saturday, December 2 at the ABC6/FOX28/CW Columbus studios at 1261 Dublin Road from 6:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m.

Polaris Office — 8787 Orion Pl, Columbus, OH 43240

Blacklick Office — 860 Taylor Station Rd, Blacklick, OH 43004


We’re passionate about the science of learning — our thorough understanding of how people learn drives all that we do, and enables us to empower more teachers and students. But in honor of #GivingTuesday, we wanted to take a look at something new: the science of giving.

As it turns out, there’s a wonderful and illuminating science to giving — specifically in relation to happiness. But we’re not talking about the happiness of the recipient (we’ve all seen a child’s face light up when given a present during the holidays) — we’re talking about your happiness, as the giver!

Giving, altruism, and generosity have numerous benefits, and have been studied extensively. Researchers have found that generosity can influence us physiologically, change our day-to-day outlook on life, and, when connected to feelings of purpose, even help us sleep better at night. In a large study on giving and happiness, researchers found that, when practiced consistently, giving can actually decrease depression. One study from the University at Buffalo even found that giving could have the potential to boost your health and prolong your lifespan by buffering stress.

Here’s the science behind it: our bodies experience a reaction when we engage in giving or altruism — so much so that researchers have coined a name for it: they call it the helper’s high. Essentially, when you help another person or do something kind, your body releases endorphins that cause happiness, similar to a “runner’s high.”

If you’re local to the central Ohio area and you’re looking to celebrate #GivingTuesday, we encourage you to stop by any of the above locations with a new, unwrapped toy! The science is clear: not only will you make an underprivileged child happy this season, you’ll also experience the benefits of generosity and altruism yourself!


For more on the Toys for Tots effort, visit: https://www.toysfortots.org/


Works Cited

Carter, S. B. (2014, September 4). Helper’s High: The Benefits (and Risks) of Altruism. Retrieved November 9, 2017, from https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/high-octane-women/201409/helpers-high-the-benefits-and-risks-altruism

Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Doing for Others Also Benefits Health of Altruistic. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 9, 2017, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2013/02/06/doing-for-others-also-benefits-health-of-altruistic/51274.html

Smith, J. M. (2014, September 21). Want to Be Happy? Stop Being So Cheap! Retrieved November 9, 2017, from https://newrepublic.com/article/119477/science-generosity-why-giving-makes-you-happy

Turner, A. D., Smith, C. E., & Ong, J. C. (2017, July 10). Is purpose in life associated with less sleep disturbance in older adults? Retrieved November 9, 2017, from https://sleep.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s41606-017-0015-6

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