About Lynne McTaggart
Lynne McTaggart is an investigative journalist and author, and a sought-after public speaker whose talks and workshops have transformed the lives of the thousands around the world who have heard her.
She is also an accomplished broadcaster, who has appeared on many national tv and radio shows, including Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra shows.
The hallmark of her work is exhaustive research that produces science-based discoveries in the worlds of science, spirituality and health.
She edits the monthly health journal What Doctors Don’t Tell You and was also the editor of the 48-lesson partwork, Living The Field, perhaps the most definitive work yet to bridge the worlds of physics and spirituality in its 768 pages.
She was born in the USA and now lives in London, UK, with her publisher husband, Bryan, and their two children, and pet dog Ollie.
The power of generosity
Most of us are appalled observing our government come to a virtual standstill. We think there is nothing that the average person can do to fix all the problems besetting our country.
Marie, an employee of a software company, had an epiphany one day at her company’s vending machine. She decided to try changing the culture of greed that prevailed in her company. She decided that every time she came for her afternoon Coke, she’d leave money in the machine for the next person, with a note and a card:Your can of Coke has been paid for. Take this Smile card and pay it forward.
From the moment Marie began her campaign, frantic emails began circulating around the office in an attempt to pinpoint the identity of the company’s secret Santa. A Neighborhood Watch scheme was set up with two or three employees on constant lookout.
At this point, Marie decided that it was time to escalate operations. She moved to another floor, where she surreptitiously left a daily supply of donuts. For months everyone was talking about it. More important, though, it entirely changed the atmosphere of her office.
Nicholas Christakis, a sociologist at Harvard who specializes in networks, recently discovered a pay-it-forward phenomenon in communities after drawing up networks of interactions, exploring exactly how behavior spreads from person to person along the chain. He discovered a scientific demonstration of what Marie carried out: giving creates a contagion of giving, a network of “pay-it-forward” altruism. The actions of participants affected the future interactions of other people along the network.
“If Tom is kind to Harry, Harry will be kind to Susan, Susan will be kind to Jane, and Jane will be kind to Peter,” writes Christakis. “So, Tom’s kindness to Harry is seen in Jane’s kindness to Peter, even though Jane and Peter had nothing to do with Tom and Harry and never interacted with them.”
All it took was one act of kindness and generosity to spread up to three degrees along the network.So, for every act of kindness or generosity you do for a friend, he or she pays it forward to their friends and their friends’ friends and their friends’ friends’ friends.
Christakis has proven that which Marie had instinctively figured out: kindness and generosity create a cascade of cooperative behavior, even in the most hardened of hearts.
All in the small
As we observe our congress in gridlock, we can be game-changers in our own offices and neighborhoods, just by a simple act of generosity or fairness. Pay it forward and watch the contagion spread.
About The Bond
We are strong when we unite – we are weak when we compete.
If you are among the millions who are saying right now ‘There has to be a better way’.
The Bond provides a message of hope, inspiration – and a practical way to change, starting with your home, then your neighbourhood, your community, your town.
The Bond is setting the agenda for that change. It demonstrates that we have been living in a way that is against our own nature, against every cell in our body.
For centuries, Western science and many Western cultures have taught us to think of ourselves as individuals.
But today, a revolutionary new understanding is emerging from the laboratories of the most cutting-edge physicists, biologists, and psychologists:
What matters is not the isolated entity, but the space between things, the relationship of things.