We know that giving feels good. We know our bodies have a positive physiological response when we give and help others. We know it makes it us happy.
But have you ever wondered why? The positive emotions, reduction of stress and increased sense of belonging that we experience when we give prove that giving, kindness and compassion are traits true to human nature. It is as though we are being rewarded for our efforts to take care of one another and being encouraged to continue this behaviour. We are givers by design and that makes a lot of sense.
When we look at other species that we share this planet with, we can see that caring for the group is far more important than of the individual. The same is true for us – humans. For one another to thrive we take care of each other as often as we can. All signs point to humans being naturally nurturing, loving and kind beings. When we give we feel happier, When we give we make a positive impact on someone else’s life. This is the win/win of giving!
One small give can mean the world to one person. The best part is that when we give it inspires others to do the same. This means that what may seem like one small action has the potential to multiply into thousands more. This is why giving matters. When we give we are demonstrating the love, empathy, and compassion necessary to create a better world. How amazing is it to know that we all have the power to make this happen?
The bottom line is no act of giving, however small, is ever wasted. The more we give the better we feel, the more others will give, and the more positive change will happen in our lives, our communities and around the world. It all starts with a choice to “be the change” we wish to see in the world. There is power in giving, power to help, power to heal and power to create change. This is why giving matters.
The Power of the Pen
Witnessing people being kind, generous and giving will surely motivate others to do the same, however, words can also be very inspiring and motivational when it comes to giving. Here are a few insightful and uplifting quotes about giving that remind us all why we give and why it matters:
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others” – Mahatma Gandhi
“Giving is not just about make a donation, it’s about making a difference”- Kathy Calvin
“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what you give” – Winston Churchill
“Think of giving not as a duty but as a privilege” – John D. Rockfeller Jr.
“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” ―Maya Angelou
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