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Giving – What has it got to do with my Way of Life ?
Being generous does not always involve money. You might be surprised to hear that the word GENEROSITY was the description of elite nobility five centuries ago. Today, even an ordinary person can cultivate the admiral personal quality and taking action to be generous. For example, sharing your time with the elderly is an act of generosity. A simple smile for a stranger, offering voluntary assistance to charitable organizations and others are examples of non-monetary giving. You can also think about what else you can give in terms of time, talent and resources that you are blessed with.
You can add more giving and act of charity into your life and the lives of others by thinking about the generous people you have known or heard about. Think about the attention, praise, respect, love, or even gifts and money that we might desire. Now visualise in your mind of others who might benefit from you sharing these things as well. There are many other ways to incorporate daily generosity as part of lifestyle and they include giving to charity, sharing random acts of kindness, tipping well, and giving people more than they expect. You can act on a generous impulse that comes to mind. Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is important to take action. Well, follow the mantra “Just do it!” by Guru Nike.
If you want love, then you must give love…
Lifting a teachable lesson from the New Testament Bible, it tells us to give others whatever we wish to have for ourselves. If you want love, then you must give love; if we want peace, then we must give peace; if you want prosperity, then you must give prosperity to help others gain prosperity. Giving generously is a by-product of the profound strength of character that comes from genuine humility.
True generosity is unconditional and it is a form of giving that DOES NOT anticipate any kind of reciprocation, repayment, or even a thank you. At different times in your lives, you give for a variety of reasons. When you give, are you giving generously? Are you thinking that you are being generous when you are actually setting conditions to ensure you will benefit from your giving? In order to ascertain whether our giving or the giving of others is truly generous, look at the intentions of the heart. The question is not did you give, but “Did you give generously with no other motives?”
So today, perform one act of true generosity.
According to a study from Emory University in Atlanta, it is found that the caudate nucleus and anterior cingulate portions of the brain switch on when we do something for ourselves giving a feeling of pleasure. It was revealed that when we give to others, the same release of a feeling of pleasure occurs as well. That’s the scientific basis for giving. (The two neuroscientists who led this study are James Rilling and Gregory Berns)
On the social side and from the perspective of human history, we know that generosity begets generosity — in other words, generosity spreads and transfers and has a ‘pay it forward effect’ many times over. You could never have imagined that your one act of generous giving toward an individual could reach and touch others beyond the society.
Make giving your way of life. Are you ready to give a little love – make a donation for a charitable cause or do charity volunteer work ?
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