What Have You Given Lately?

One of the best ways to feel better if you are feeling down, or like you don’t have enough, is to give to others, rather than focusing on lack. Most people have much more than they realize—and giving is like shining a light on what is real and true.

If you don’t give very often—or give yourself credit for giving—it can feel strange at first to release this type of energy. This is especially true if you’re used to always giving to get something. To give is as old as history itself, but in this modern age, we tend to forget its importance. Instead of giving, we instead focus on what we can get for ourselves.

The best giving is done without expectation and with the intention for good of everyone. Your life will become richer, more authentic, and even healthier through giving in any way you choose. Here are some examples to try:

  • Giving a donation to a charity. If you have the financial resources, sharing with a good cause is a wonderful feeling—and the organization will appreciate it.
  • Next time you want to reconnect with a friend, call instead of emailing. This personal touch gives strength and support, as well as human contact.
  • Bringing a gift whenever you’re invited to a party. This might be an appetizer, drinks, or a silent blessing when you enter the house.
  • Showing interest in a friend or family member. Some words or encouragement, showing concern, or even a phone call goes a long way.
  • Give to people in your world. Say thank you to the grocery clerk, say hello to a neighbor, leave an anonymous gift for a friend—or stranger.


Next time you need a pick-me-up, try giving and see what happens. You will most likely feel a stronger connection to yourself and the world.

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