Giving is important in many ways. When we give, we show people how much they are appreciated and loved. There are times when giving makes it easier to say things we can’t find words for. Giving allows us to feel the unique pleasure of being able to give happiness and love.
So many people around us, those that we meet everyday, help us make our day easier. There are postmen, delivery people, street cleaners, the bagger at the supermarket, our neighbours, even the babysitter. While giving does not mean giving gifts all the time, the gift of a kind word, encouragement, friendship, respect or even just a smile goes a very long way. There are so many people around us who work so hard to make our lives easier while being ignored by almost everyone else. Have you ever said “thank you” to the guy that picks up your garbage? If he wasn’t around, you would be in a stinky spot.
Giving our time and services to a worthy cause is also a very special thing. The gift of volunteering to tutor a child may be the greatest gift you can give a neighbor or a friend. Giving clothes and food to the needy makes you feel wonderful inside because you helped make someone’s life a little easier. In these tough economic times, every little bit counts.
Christmas is a time for giving love and gifts to friends, family, neighbors and colleagues. By taking the time to find a gift that will make others feel cared for, you will receive the gift of love in return. Just looking at the surprise and pleasure on people’s faces as they open their gifts can give you a high that is priceless.
Christmas gifts do not have to be expensive. Even a simple card can let someone know you care. The joy of giving brings such joy and rewards that is unmatched. The thrill of trying to find that perfect gift for your partner or boss can be exhilarating. Even an act of kindness towards someone makes us feel good about ourselves.
Giving carries with it a sense of satisfaction. You may never know that the small something that you thought would not mean much at all, may mean the world to someone else. And though giving has its own benefits, the willingness to give is the greatest gift we can give to ourselves.
When you give, it is more than parting with your money. It is also about having the awareness of the needs of other people in your life and making them our priority. When we give, we also have less worry about. Not only do we not have to store as much, but as you think back on your life, it’s easier to take pride in what you have done, rather than acquired.
Objects received can be lost, but acts of good will can never be taken away. In effect, by giving, we receive something greater. Receiving can be tough especially if what we receive is not exactly something we like or need. It can be so difficult to make that surprised face when we have just received gift that we would rather throw into the lake. Giving is much more pleasurable and exciting.
Sarah Gadey works Late Late Gifts, a website that provides next day delivery and same day delivery for thousands of unique and special gifts.