The Generosity Gene

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Filipinos are generous. Their country remains blighted by poverty and often politics but that doesn’t dim their gift for giving. According to the World Giving Index 2013 by British organization Charities Aid Foundation, the Philippines is the 16th most generous country out of 146 countries included in the study. Almost all of the countries above it on the list are developed economies.

The index ranked countries based on three “giving behaviors”: donating money to a charity, volunteering time for an organization, and helping strangers. Filipinos scored extremely highly for helping a stranger and volunteering.

These attributes were on display when Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines one year ago. Haiyan, known as Yolanda here, struck on 8 November 2013 sending massive ocean swells surging inland in many parts of the central Philippines. More than one million homes were damaged or destroyed. The official casualty count is 6,300 and…

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