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Chief Advancement Officer's Message

Tom Brown, Founding Chair, Concord Hospital Trust

When I was a young child, my father would often remind me that it was better to give than to receive. Anxiously awaiting the arrival of St. Nick and holiday gifts at that time, I’m not sure I believed him. It would take into young adulthood before I understood what he meant. I would come to understand that indeed giving is joyful; it creates a happy glow that lasts well beyond when the last present had been opened.

Over the years, study after study affirms that giving is a healthy habit, enriching lives in both tangible and intrinsic ways. In a 2008 Harvard Business School study, participants found that giving money to someone else lifted their happiness more than spending it on themselves. Stephen Post, the author of Why Good Things Happen to Good People and a professor of preventive medicine at Stony Brook University, noted that giving to others increases health benefits to people with chronic illness. And, a number of studies showed that elderly people who volunteer or even provide help to friends, relatives and others, had a lower risk of dying over a five year period compared to those who didn’t.

And the really wonderful thing about it is that it doesn’t matter what you give or how much you give; the impact is the same. Whether it is a gift of time and expertise or a gift of goods or money – a small gesture or a large one – each act of kindness and generosity creates joy for both the giver and the receiver.

Just the other day, as I traveled to work down Clinton Street, I let a number of cars exiting off of Interstate 89, presumably on their way to work too, merge in. People who know me, know that I am always in a hurry even when I don’t have to be somewhere. It is fair to say that I am not very charitable on the road. But, that day, I paused so others might get to where they were going ahead of me. Small stuff, right? Indeed, but it made me feel great, a feeling that still makes me smile and may have even changed my behavior behind the wheel.

For me, the opportunity to witness the impact of giving daily has enriched my life in ways that I might not have believed possible were it not for you — Concord Hospital Trust’s many donors and volunteers. Thank you for sharing your joy with all of us.

In this issue of ‘Your Trust’ newsletter, we are sharing a small sample of stories about amazing people bringing joy and comfort to others through their special gifts. I hope their stories will inspire you and perhaps, you might let us tell yours!

I have often wondered if my father’s admonishment oh-so-many years ago was because he didn’t want me to be disappointed or because he wanted to impart what was truly important in life. He was wise in that way. Maybe it was a little of both!

Pamela Puleo, FAHP
Chief Advancement Officer

Concord Hospital Trust 250 Pleasant Street Concord, NH 03301 (603) 227-7162 chtrust@crhc.org

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