Regardless of who you are, we can all agree that we have felt joy when giving wholeheartedly. In fact, when a person gives signals go off in the brain. Giving activates regions of the brain associated with pleasure, social connection, and trust. Those feelings of compassion and kindness reduce negative emotions, lower stress and blood pressure. There have been several studies about this. Look it up on Google.
In my opinion a person’s generosity is a personal matter and can come in many forms such as money, time and knowledge. Share your smiles freely. I remember deciding to start smiling more. I decided to practice smiling. It soon became second nature and I realized that it made me genuinely happy to smile and share it with others.
I realized that the world we live in is greedy and as humans we tend to think that if the other people receive it means we will be left with none. That kind of thinking is so wrong. If you have $100 and give $5 you are still left with $95. As a matter of fact you can share your knowledge and I guarantee that it won’t run out.
Last but not least giving your time to help someone can go a long way. Regardless if you go help out at a shelter, give someone a ride or help with some handy work, the feeling that you get from seeing the people you give to is wonderful. It makes you happy and fills you with warmth.
Below are some quotes I found to be true. I am literally smiling and filled with joy to be able to share my thoughts with you.
“We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”
“If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day, go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.”
Acts 20:35 I have shown you in all things that by working hard in this way, you must assist those who are weak and must keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus, when he himself said: ‘There is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving.’”
“Practice giving, and people will give to you. They will pour into your laps a fine measure, pressed down, shaken together, and overflowing. For with the measure that you are measuring out, they will measure out to you in return.” (Luke 6:38)