The Joy of Giving

“No man can sincerely help another without helping himself.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Historians hold the view that  Abraham Lincoln often battled with feelings of occasional depression and melancholy.  One way he countered those feelings was engaging in local community service or small acts of neighborly kindness. He became well known for always being one to lend a hand. He once said the following: “When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion.” 

As I look back throughout my life, it’s extremely clear at what points I’ve been the most happy. Those points in time were when I was wholeheartedly giving of myself (either my

time, talents or treasure). The happiest jolts of my life are and were, oddly enough, when I’ve not been concerned as much of my well-being as of the well-being of others. There’s a certain satisfaction that comes from authentic, sincere giving, and not from actions that are primarily motivated by self-concern.

“The experience of mindfulness of others’ needs is one of the most blissful experiences that we can know. Recall how exciting it is giving presents…[to loved ones, friends or strangers]. The gratitude you feel for their happiness equaled, and may have surpassed, your own excitement about receiving gifts. Why? Because you were receiving what you gave.” -Wayne Dyer

The phenomena in life of being equally happy or even happier than the receiver (as Wayne suggests) is something I don’t think we’ll ever fully comprehend. Simply put, it just feels great to give.

There are countless ways to give in small and large ways locally and globally. Here’s one option that is near and dear to my heart: Consider signing up for a monthly donation of $5, $10 or more, in which 100% of your reoccurring donations will be used to fund the “empowerment of communities,” not salary or overhead. Sign up to donate monthly here on our site by clicking here.  Learn how Global Outreach Alliance “empowers communities” here.

This photo is from a 2011 Cambodia House Building Expedition. This photo reminds me how happy I was as we gave new homes and house warming gifts to the families who had worked their way through micro-savings to earn a new home. True joy.  Consider joining us on our 2013 Cambodia House Building Expedition by clicking here.

This blog post is re-posted from StevenWrigley.com

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