Giving: A Gift For You!

Who can remember the thrill of opening gifts on Christmas morning as a child?

There is nothing like it!

For parents, watching the joy and excitement on the face of their children opening gifts is priceless.

Getting gifts is terrific, but it does not compare to the joy of giving gifts.

By nature, humans are social creatures. We are hard-wired to seek interaction with other humans and “human generosity…may turn out to be a bedrock feature of human nature,” according to recent studies.

While giving may be part of human nature, so is greed and the two are constantly battling in your heart and mind.

Giving is an intentional, selfless act to make a positive impact in this world.

“By doing good for just one person, in just one moment, you can affect the trajectory of many things, of many lives, all over the world. Even if in some situations it’s not easy to be kind, gracious or positive, keep in mind it’s not just that moment that you are affecting, it’s many moments into the future.” – Kat Cole

Greed is a self-focused desire, or love, for money or physical possessions.

“Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.” – Erich Fromm

People who chose to approach life with a giving mindset reap a harvest of benefits including increased happiness and living longer.

However, the most significant benefit of giving is that “we receive a deep and enduring affirmation of our value to others. In transcending the self, we obtain the most profound experience of self.”

Something deep within each person lights up when we give value to another person.

It doesn’t matter what the value is or how big it is. Our spirit brightens when we give selflessly to another person.

We leave a mark on this when we give it the best of ourselves.

Two of the best books I have read on this subject is The Go-Giver and Go-Givers Sell More.

This article focused on what happens in you when you adopt a mindset of giving. Next week’s article will highlight what happens in others when you give.

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