We have all heard the saying, “It is better to give than to receive;” most people probably don’t realize the origin of the statement. It is biblical–Acts 20:35, “I have shewed you all things, how that so laboring ye ought to support the weak and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, it is more blessed to give than to receive.”
In addition to being of biblical origin, there is also scientific evidence that supports the concept that giving is more beneficial to people than receiving. Some scientists have proven, through biofeedback measurements, that giving to or helping others helps to relieve stress in the body and is actually beneficial to your overall health.
From your own personal experience, you probably know how good it feels to do a good deed for someone. Helping others allows you to capture that great feeling by putting others first. You might experience that feeling by volunteering your services for a worthy cause. Another popular way to give is to randomly help others by paying it forward–like paying for the next family’s drive-thru order along with your own.
There are many ways to give; giving monetary donations, time and talents are just a few of them. When is the last time you gave of yourself without expecting anything in return? Was it a good deed, a random act of kindness or a donation to a charitable organization? A plethora of organizations and foundations are out there for the choosing and they need volunteers. Pick one. Contact them. Donate. Volunteer.
Good feelings and health benefits await you, all while helping others making the world a better place.
Yours in Community,
Elizabeth “Libby” Mullen