Importance of, 'Giving Back'

“Giving does not only precede receiving; it is the reason for it. It is in giving that we receive.” Israelmore Ayivor 

Unconsciously or not, we are always either receiving or giving back to life. It is said that giving is more satisfying than receiving. Our lives are full of times we can remember when someone’s act of kindness made our day turn out better than expected. By willfully agreeing to give or help, we broaden our thinking and awareness beyond our limited field of daily existence.

 “Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” Howard Zinn

By the simple act of sharing, we multiply the goodness around, as the happiness factor doubles for both the receiver and the giver. Ever realize that by the simple act of giving, you just might be the only person in someone’s life to ever do anything of value for them? It is always said that when we give back, or share, or contribute, our blessings grow tenfold.   Notice, how we end up thanking and wishing someone well, when they help us, out of the blue? We are indeed multiplying their blessings. Take for example that tree whose shade you enjoy when in the yard or your local park, maybe that’s your favorite spot to park your car. That tree was not planted by you but someone else who might not be around to enjoy the same. Now, we might not be able to ease the suffering altogether, but our small act of giving might just accumulate to make a significant difference.

“Giving is not about making a donation, it is about making a difference.” Kathy Calvin (United Nations)

You don’t need a reason to help, just a will to do it. It is a proven scientific fact, that acts of charity release the feel-good hormones. Our brains get a rush of endorphins, that in turn provides a sense of instant calm and euphoric state. Besides, it provides a sense of purpose and self-esteem. Makes you feel good about yourself and most importantly expands your horizon to understand the world and it’s needs. Studies done in psychology reveals that giving back actually boosts both mental and physical health. It has a positive all-around impact both for the giver and the receiver. Sharing also provides a sense of community, you feel you belong, you know that you can reach out and someone will help you in your time of need as well. It helps with the coping mechanism, reduces anxiety, improves the rate of survival and renews hope. It can help someone recover faster just by a stranger’s simple one-time act of giving. We spend more on mundane activities, and useless expenses without a second thought. Only $1, could provide a meal even though just one, help buy the life saving medication, cheer someone where they find their sense of worth again, bring comfort and hope for someone who almost gave up on life, provide a new set of clothes for that interview where they just got hired, got them to a reliable source of transportation.   

“No one has ever become poor by giving.” Anne Frank

Start small and see how it makes you feel. Notice the shift in the energetic fields around you. It might look insignificant, but it is that one drop in the bucket that made it full finally. 

Let’s not wait, the world needs our help- TODAY.


"At the end of the day, it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished. It’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.” Denzel Washington

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