Each morning in our home, news stations are usually on the television. My children are not ever impressed by this, repeatedly saying that all the news does is report tragedy and celebrity. Very few of the stories, they say, ever report anything good happening in the world. This is especially true as of late, despite being in the season of giving.
Fortunately for us, this recently sparked a terrific conversation about why it is important to give back, and to continue giving -even when no one is looking. Together we came up with 10 ways that you get when you give:
Peace of mind. Focusing your time and attention on other people creates a diversion from your own stressors, perhaps even allowing you to see them in a different light.
Space. By giving of your things, you will clear up space, not only in your home, but in your heart and mind as well.
Redemption. If you have ever known what it is like to want, to or to not have your needs met, you know just how good it feels to have the ability to pay it forward.
Appreciation. Giving to others is, or at least should be, a reminder to be thankful for what we have, because others may not be as fortunate.
Good karma. Good things happen to good people. Doing right by others and passing on your good fortune is proof of that.
Knowledge. Not only can you give of yourself by teaching others a skill or by providing your time. Having an open heart also means being able to learn from others as well.
The three R’s. Giving of your items also allows for reducing, reusing, and recycling. Therefore not only are you giving to another individual, but to the planet too.
Future insight. When children see the beauty of giving back, today’s actions can carry on for years to come.
Clarity. Giving can be a tonic for the mind. A remedy, if you will, for anxiety and depression. Therefore, the antidote for our own sadness is perhaps not in making ourselves less sad, but rather in making others happy.
Warm Fuzzies. (Also known as joy.) That feeling inside when you’ve made someone else’s day. Go you!
Now it’s your turn to join the conversation. What do you get when you give?