Let me ask you a question: do you prefer giving presents or receiving them? Now if you’re like me, receiving presents is great! Especially when it’s unexpected and a lot of thought and energy has gone into that person picking this gift for you. However, if you’re like many you would agree that giving the presents is actually far more rewarding and enjoyable than receiving them.
Why is this? I’m no scientist and I won’t be able to explain the chemical reactions that occur when you see a smile break on someones face, all because of something you did for them. But what I do know, is that feeling of pure happiness sits within you far longer when you are the one giving the gift rather than buying something for yourself or receiving something from another. The gratitude and good energy stays within you, it may even pop up again every now and then when you see your loved one using or wearing the gift you gave!
But giving doesn’t always have to be something material – it can be your time. Time is valuable as we all know, if you’re a young adult like myself you’re more than likely guilty of spending a little too much time away from family and with your partner or friends. It’s in situations like these, with the virus, that we can begin to cherish and hold our loved ones closer, because we are spending/giving our time to them.
There may be some of you reading this that are at home with your family yet still continue to shut yourself behind a closed door. I ask that you step out and watch the movie tonight your family had asked you to join them for, or even sit down for 30 minutes and eat dinner together. Although the gratitude may not be as evident as giving a physical gift, the gift of time and your presence will be truly appreciated among everyone.
Maybe it’s not family that’s your problem, it’s friends! Giving 30 minutes of your evening to FaceTime a friend and check in on them with all this craziness going on would be much appreciated I can guarantee.
Something I believe in strongly is that whatever you give, you receive. It’s like Karma. The good energy you give to the world, the things you do for others – buying a homeless man a hot drink, giving your time to volunteer at a local animal shelter, sharing your knowledge with someone who’s struggling – will all come back to you in one way or another.
What you give you receive.
Something that stood out to me in a book I read recently – Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki – was that the secret to wealth in all forms is through giving. If you want to learn more about something; teach others what you know of it now. If you want to make more money; give your money away and it will find its way back to you.
Don’t wait till you have enough of something, especially if it’s money, because you’ll never have enough! Give what you have now, do it now, sign up to an organisation you love and donate as little as £3 a month.
Recently I signed up to a Clean Water foundation, which is something I would love to physically help out with one day. I’d happily give my time as well as money to those who travel miles every day for something we have at the tip of our fingers!
If its time you want to give, sign up to volunteer at a local animal center or hospital! Especially in times like this I know the NHS have been needing help, perhaps this is something you’ve been interested in but haven’t had the courage to sign up? This is your green light – do it!
I love this concept and way of being, and it’s something I’m trying to do more of because I know that what I give, the Universe will give me back.
All my love, stay safe