Recently I did a quick social media post about giving and it got me thinking about all the ways we can give and the benefits of doing so. Here’s the post:
“Don’t you just love my new scarf given to me by my open-hearted client McCaela?! I love receiving but if you really want to feel fabulous try giving. You don’t have to spend money to give. The other day I let a man go in front of me in line at the grocery store because he was clearly in a big hurry. He was so grateful and it only cost me 5 minutes. There are lots of creative ways to give and the more you give without expectation the better you’ll feel. Really! Try it. 💜
#giving #happiness #sharing #thanks #thankful#kindness #love #health #reiki #reikiofgreaterboston”
Wondering what’s in it for you? Here you go:
BENEFITS OF GIVING
- Lower blood pressure
- Increased self-esteem
- Decreased depression
- Lower stress levels
- Longer life
- Greater happiness
- Strengthens faith in humanity, love and Higher Power
- Evokes feelings of gratitude
- It’s contagious and has a ripple effect in your own life and those of others
- Adds meaning to your life
- Gives a feeling of empowerment and control/making a difference
- And I can’t promise this one, but for me, a feeling of euphoria!
Most of you will simply trust me when I tell you that all of these benefits have been shown in various studies. You know by now that I am not big on ‘proof’ when I know and feel the truth but if you are scientifically minded you can just google: ‘studies showing benefits of giving’ and Ta-da- there you’ll find all the proof you need. Or, even better, do your own experiment by trying some of the giving methods listed below and feel first hand the benefits!
There are many creative ways to give. Money is not needed. In fact I have given many times in the monetary form and continue to do so for causes dear to my heart but I don’t feel the rush that I do from a more intimate form of giving. For me, to be able to see the joy and happiness in the receiver’s eyes is the best part!
Ways To Give
- Grant Forgiveness. This can be most difficult at times but the results are highly beneficial to all involved. It is still challenging for me but I’m working on it!
- Donate Time
- Elder Sitting
- Donate Items You Are Not Using-Books/Clothes
- Do Chores for someone struggling such as an elderly neighbor or one recovering from surgery.
- Smile/Say Hi to everyone including strangers
- Give compliments. I love to be complimented! Here are two of my favorite compliments: . 1.”You are a Warrior.” 2. “You are so brave.” These comments have stuck with me through the years and I rely on them when I’m low. I am grateful that those people spoke their thoughts.
- Pet Sitting
- Teach someone to read
- Teach a skill at a jail or an after school program
- Buy a stranger’s coffee (small amount of $ required)
- Fill a parking meter that has expired (small amount of $ required)
- Send a greeting card through the mail telling someone you’re thinking of them
- Offer someone your seat if you take public transportation or when shuttling at the airport
- Be present when someone is speaking to you and try listening without judgement
- Help someone in need of assistance: changing a tire, car broken down on the highway,
- Hold the door for someone
- Offer to help put someones groceries in their car if they seem physically challenged. Occasionally this will insult someone but it’s ok because intentions are pure and most of the time people are so grateful.
- Give a blessing/say a prayer for someone you notice that is clearly struggling. I go back and forth about giving money in this situation so I usually opt for the blessing.
- Give some food to a homeless person. I always carry nuts, bananas and nectarines with me because I eat all day. These are easy and healthy items to share. (Hopefully they don’t have a nut allergy!)
- Let someone go ahead of you in traffic. Ooh, not Bostonian like character!
- Let someone go ahead of you in grocery line or department store line. This is so easy if they’ve got 1 item but challenge yourself here.
- Pick up trash that is not your doing. Read more about being kind to the Earth.
- Invite someone over for dinner or coffee/dessert
- Amazon Smile -Click link to learn more. Part of your purchase is donated to your choice of charitable organization. Mine is Shamanic Education and Exchange.
- Help someone cross the street
- Help someone clear their car of snow/ice
- Make people feel welcome and/or comfortable wherever you are as if you are the host of the Universe.
- Give hugs!
That’s all I’ve got for now! I’m sure there are many more ways to give. Get creative and you won’t regret it. November 13th is designated as World Random Acts Of Kindness Day which is great to build awareness of these simple but fulfilling actions but for those of us who are already aware of the positive vibe they create in ourselves and the ripple they create in the world it seems criminal not to practice Random Acts of Kindness each and every day. Rock on awesome people!
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