The MAMI quarterly Newsletter gives you the opportunity to keep up with the work of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate here in Australia and abroad.
Weekday Masses begin at 8:00am in the College Chapel. Wednesday morning Mass this coming week is at 8:10am and will be celebrating this year’s College themes of Compassion and Charity. All parents, students, teachers and friends of the College are warmly welcomed to attend Mass in the College’s Chapel.
Term 3 Wednesday Masses
The Power of Empathy:
How Helping Others Can Make You Happy and Improve Your Well-being by Sofo Archon
“This is a wonderful planet, and it is being completely destroyed by people who have too much money and power and no empathy.”
~ Alice Walker
The most important factor determining happiness is our relationship with other people, and this is now proven by scientific research. Over the past few years, studies have shown that those of us who have a more developed sense of empathy — that is, the ability to see from another’s perspective — feel more happy and experience a higher state of well-being.
All of us are born with empathy. This is evident from studies on babies who have been shown to cry when they hear a sound made by other babies crying, but they almost never cry when they hear a recording of their own cries.
A study reported in the Journal of Science shows how simply performing acts of kindness can make us feel happier. Participants were divided in two groups, and each group was given a chunk of money. The first was requested to spend it on themselves, while the other to spend it as gifts to other people. The result from this study was that those who spent the money on others reported an increase in their happiness levels.
Another study for which 3,000 people participated found that 95% of volunteers reported that after helping others, they experienced what psychologists have termed a “helper’s high”–that is, an increased sense of well-being both on a physical and an emotional level, as well as enhanced energy and serenity.
What these studies point to is that happiness is derived from giving and helping, not from hoarding and competing. In fact, research has found that, on average, over 80% of our happiness is derived from friendship, loving relationships, spirituality, health, and work fulfillment, while only 7% is related to the possession of money.
By caring for others, not only do you benefit them, but you also benefit yourself. So whenever possible, extend a hand to those in need and do your part in helping turn the world into a happier and more loving place.
The College has had just over two-thirds of the MMD envelopes from families come in so far. Up to this week, we have collected $9,000 through the envelopes. The boys also managed to raise a further $10,900 from their MMD stalls. Thank you for your generous donations towards the Oblate Missions. Just a reminder to send in any envelopes that are outstanding so that we can finalize the total raised for this year.
Mazenod College KeepCups
The College is proud to launch their very own KeepCups for you to purchase. This initiative was developed by the Sustainability and Environment portfolio of the College and Campus ministry.
As part of promoting KeepCups to the College, the Young Vinnies will give 30% off the price of hot chocolates when a student purchases a hot chocolate with their KeepCup.
($1 instead of the usual $1.50).
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Part of the proceeds of the sale will also go to Oblate missionary work in India, Sri Lanka and China.
KeepCup is the world’s first barista standard reusable cup. Purchasing a KeepCup for students is a practical and easy way to reduce waste and carbon emissions.
Takeaway coffee cups are lined on the inside with a plastic film, making them notoriously difficult to recycle. And most never even make it there no matter what bin you put them in because recycling streams are usually contaminated by supposedly ‘compostable’ or ‘biodegradable’ cups and lids that never actually compost or biodegrade because most places don’t have the infrastructure to do it.
Pope Francis, inspires and challenges us: “Each of us also has a responsibility for others and for the future of our planet”.
Damian Wallis (83)
Director of Faith and Mission