Give is an action word
Since we were toddlers, our elders taught how to do this. I remembered how we trained our younger sister this way: when she is eating, we tell her "give" then she extends her hand and offers her food. Now that's how the dictionary defines it as freely transferring the possession of (something) to (someone). Sometimes, she hesitated in giving, especially when its her favorite food - marshmallows. Who would want to give her favorite marshmallows anyway? Giving is an action word which entails physical movement. Our extremities move upon the command of the brain, so we act upon our will and freedom.
Receiving a gift really feels good, we should admit it. I, too, like to receive several boxes of presents on Christmas or on my birthday, but this happiness stays temporarily. Our nature sometimes becomes inclined to focusing on our own desires, thus we seek for more. When we give, the act of willfully handing over a thing to someone who needs it most creates a indescribable feeling of satisfaction that creeps from the warmth of the hands of your receiver to your arms, heart, and speeding to your spine, reaching every single part of your body.
Reason for giving
The inner sense of fulfillment has no price. No one can take it away from you. You discover more of yourself when you give to the needy. You become more grateful and happy. Robert Emmons, a leading scientist expert in gratitude, have concluded that people who are grateful exhibits stronger immune system, higher levels of positive emotions, and they feel less lonely and more outgoing.
What would you give?
Giving is not exclusive for material things. There are a thousand abstract things that you can give to your neighbor.
- You can give time, by volunteering to the different NGOs in relief operations, medical missions, or collecting donations for a foundation.
- You can give comfort through listening to someone who is undergoing some difficult time. Lend your shoulder to a friend who needs to cry out all the pain.
- You can give a brighter day to an office mate through your smile. Even through a gentle “good morning” when you meet them in the lobby.
- You can give hope through encouraging words to those who have lost a loved one, or through a warm embrace.
You can give today!