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When 1 + 1 is More than 2

The 1 BookDoing good for others has its own arithmetic.

Service to others has its own arithmetic. Combine two or more goodhearted people in the pursuit of a common cause, and suddenly one-plus-one is more than two. Alone, we can all do a little something, but together we can do something truly amazing.

If we all use the arithmetic of service, there isn’t a problem in this world that can’t be solved. The hard part is convincing each person that their individual efforts, no matter how small, play a significant part in the total equation—that each of us has something to give which cannot otherwise be given—that we all contribute a crucial factor in the multiplier effect.

5 Hours a Week: Using the arithmetic of service one person can help change the social landscape of our country in a few hours a week. How? If every American donated just five hours a week to volunteering for a cause, it would equal the labor of 20 million full-time volunteers.

 4 Hours a Month: If every employee in every American company were given just four hours a month to volunteer for a cause of their choice, American companies could transform thousands of neighborhoods and millions of lives.

 A Few Minutes A Day: In her book, “The Difference a Day Makes” Karen Jones lists hundreds of small, empowering acts of humanity that anyone can work into their day. Take an elder neighbor’s dog for a walk. Shop at the farmer’s market. Give blood. Take your old magazines to the Senior Center on the way to work. If we all did one small but potent action each day, we’d create a national army of everyday altruists.

No one can do everything, but everyone can do something. Right now, there are people in your own neighborhood or community who are hungry, lonely and feeling hopeless. What can one person do? Just do what you can. Remember: The sum total of a lot of little actions isn’t little.

An excerpt from the best-selling book, One (How many people does it take to make a difference?) by Dan Zadra and Kobi Yamada. To see the One book and video, go here:

• Synergy is a real power in the world.
• What can one person do? Just do what you can.
• The accumulation of a lot of little things isn’t little.

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