Giving is good for the soul. It helps you to think outside your own problems and helps you think of another person – their likes, what makes them happy, what they need or what would bring them joy and make them smile.

Being unselfish and generous goes towards making you a good person, deep down on the inside, were it counts. Do you think so as well?

To make another person happy, well it makes you happy too.  To show others that you are thinking about them and appreciate them, even if it is something small, to them it may be huge, and it might make all the difference to them.

Of course it doesn’t need to be something expensive, or even cost you anything at all.

A handmade gift, a bunch of flowers, a chocolate cake, or even your time.

An hour spent visiting someone who is not well, or going through a hard time. Some time and effort spent doing some gardening for an elderly person or even just a phone call to let someone know you are thinking of them. It all goes towards making someone else feel good.

Give in the right spirit too. Straight from your heart. Give and don’t expect something back in return. If something comes back to you, then that is lovely to know that they were thinking of you too. But if it doesn’t then be joyful in the knowledge that you made someone else’s day better.

If you are able then giving your time at a charity, helping serve meals to the homeless, helping at a shelter, volunteering your time to help those that aren’t as fortunate as you are. Be generous with your time.

In years to come when people look back and remember past events and get togethers, I can almost say with a certainly that it will not be the gifts that they remember, but it will be the people they were with, the laughs they had, the stories they shared. That will be the fond memories that they will look back on with a warm, happy feeling. Those memories will be treasured forever.

Have fun giving to the ones that you love.

  • Interesting that gardening is mentioned. I discovered that an elderly neighbour was kneeling on the ground doing weeding. I helped pull them out at weekends as she wouldn’t let me do all of them. She did some during the week to keep herself active,
    For awhile I knitted Trauma Teddies that were used in Ambulances when rushing little ones to hospital.


  • I really enjoy giving. I much prefer to give a gift then receive it. Don’t know why. I just like it more


  • Really interesting article! Thanks for sharing this!


  • This is so true, we spend so much time worrying about material things that a little bit of time spent with someone who is lonely or not coping is worth just so much more, I recall having bad post natal depression when it was taboo, it would have been so nice if someone had popped in and just helped me do the dishes, or watched the kids I would have been ever so grateful, now I always watch for people that may need a chat or a hand as I think time is way more important than any material possession. Oh and a pack of tim tams never goes astray!!!


  • yes i love to give gifts more than receiving and i love how people get so happy and they really appreciate that someone cares enough. It really brightens up their day and makes me feel happy


  • this is a great reminder! we all are getting so introverted in regards to to the community


  • I feel so wonderful when I give, not quite good at accepting though :)


  • the feeling you get when you give something makes everything worthwhile you get your own rewards for being a giver


  • A lovely article, very thoughtful. Thank you :)


  • Better to give than to receive.


  • I agree, thanks for the article.


  • I agree giving is good for the soul!


  • I love the feeling I get when I give


  • I love to make things and give them to friends and family.


  • A very thoughtful article written from experience and from a loving heart. Good to read!


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