The Commitment - 5% of income to charity and/or 75 hours of community service. Some small kindness daily.
Researchers have shown that giving back and being kind can increase our level of well being and happiness. In one example, a group of students was asked to perform five random acts of kindness per week for six weeks. At the end of the test, these students were happier than a control group. Giving back is a win-win proposition.
I have been appallingly bad at giving back thus far in my life. I am kind enough day to day with friends, family and strangers, but I've done minimal charity or volunteer work, and have never given more than 3-4% of my income to charity. The pledge is a perfect opportunity for me to change. I have not yet decided where I will donate my dollars and hours, but here are a few options that appeal to me: