Why Take When You Could Give?

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Why Take When You Could Give?

Giving seems to be a completely alien concept to people, especially those that have adopted a frugal lifestyle that focuses mainly on themselves. It’s understandable.

After all, how can you start worrying about others when you can barely take care of yourself?

But that’s not really the truth of the matter, is it?

Let’s face it, if you’re reading this then you have some kind of smartphone, laptop, computer or something electronic that is connected to the internet. That means you’re already well-off, you’re already in a better situation than millions of people around the country and even billions around the world.

Of course, that’s not to say you should feel bad about having that privilege, but it does put your life into perspective when you compare it to the rest of the world.

So if we’re already in a good position in life; why not give instead of taking?

 

Giving makes us happy on a biological level

It’s crazy to think, but there’s actually science behind giving. Research has shown that giving things makes us a lot happier than receiving. It sounds wild, but it’s true and there are numerous studies that prove this. Giving money to friends, family members or even charities puts a bigger smile on your face than spending it on yourself.

Of course, there are limits to this and you need to be sensible. For example, you can’t just spend thousands on someone and expect to feel great if you can barely afford it. But it’s not about the amount–it’s about the act of giving in the first place.

Giving is easy, if you know how to do it

The reality is that most people don’t know how to give. Wealthy people will just throw money at others and complain about still being gloomy and upset, and others will look for ways to give and say that they simply can’t afford it.

Once again, we have to repeat this; giving isn’t about the amount!

Giving is about the good vibes that it comes with. You could be a member of a peace association by donating to a good cause, or you could contribute some change every week and put it towards research to combat a deadly disease. It’s knowing that you’re part of something bigger and contributing what you can in order to do your part.

Giving also inspires others to give. It creates a chain reaction where others will come forward and lend a helping hand too. It also gives you a feeling of self-worth, motivating you to do good deeds and heal your spirit.

Regardless of what people think, giving does make a difference in many people’s lives, but you have to understand that it’s not something that offers returns like an investment or instant gratitude.

It’s about touching the life of someone else, investing in the future of humanity, and understanding your place as someone that has the power to make a small change in the big world.

 

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Jamie Sorenson

Jamie Sorenson is a freelance writer with a Masters in Communications from Quinnipiac. An inspiring screenplay writer, Jamie freelances for many media outlets.