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The Science of Gratitude & How to Achieve Greater Happiness

This time of year as we are all gathering with our friends and families, it is also a great time to reflect on all the things we are grateful for. Through expressing our gratitude we are reminded of all the blessings we have and can gain new perspective in this reflection. But did you know that there is actually scientific research to support why those feelings of gratitude actually make us feel better, too? Positive psychology researchers have found that gratitude has a strong and consistent association with greater happiness and allows people to experience more positive emotions, relish good experiences, experience greater health, handle adversity, and build stronger relationships. So we are sharing five easy ways to experience greater happiness through simple acts of gratitude.

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Storyteller Series: Columbia Basin Allied Arts


The Columbia Basin Foundation was built on the kindness of those who make this community such a great place to live. The stories behind every fund that we manage directly and every grant recipient we are so honored to support make that abundantly clear. And that is why we have created a regular storyteller series here on the CBF Blog. We hope to share the kindness and compassion of those who have created these funds and organizations to help our communities thrive. This is the story of Columbia Basin Allied Arts.

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Nonprofit Spotlight: The Prosperity Center

A big role of a community foundation is to bring awareness to their community partners, in an effort to help lift up organizations that are having a positive effect on the surrounding area. Columbia Basin Foundation has been honored to work with and get to know many of these organizations and we decided to start a brand new series called the Nonprofit Spotlight to shine the light on the good these groups are doing.

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Columbia Basin Foundation: Then & Now

As we celebrate our twentieth year in service to our community, we have done a great deal of reflection on just how far we have come as a community foundation.  As our assets have grown, so too have our grants and scholarship disbursements. This growth has meant helping local organizations further their missions, fostering a sense of community for the areas we serve, and more students attending college. These accomplishments embody the mission and purpose for any community foundation.

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101 Ways to Give Back in Grant County

Here at Columbia Basin Foundation we believe that one of the greatest things we can do in our lifetimes is find ways to give back to the communities in which we live. While so many people would like to get involved and volunteer locally, sometimes it can be hard to know where to start or where the need actually is. We have saved you the trouble and rounded up 101 unique ways to give back in Grant County, Washington. We know there are many more amazing organizations in Grant County than this list can provide but wanted to give you a place to begin. The only question left is, where will you start?

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