giving to others

Posted : April 11, 2018
Last Updated : April 11, 2018
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giving to others

When you're giving to others, it’s hard to be selfish. Learn how to identify your core values, understand the meaning of charitable giving, and appreciate the benefits of giving.

Selfie Nation

"Me. It’s all about me." Everyone seems to be focused on themselves. How do I look? How do I feel? What can I buy for myself? What makes me happy? What can others do for me? It all feels rather selfish, don’t you think? We live in a "selfie" culture where giving to others is not at the top of most people's list of things to do.

No, every person isn’t selfish or greedy. But let’s face it: the act of giving isn’t always the first thing people think about. The tragedy is that this type of attitude robs a person of the experience and joy that comes from giving to others.

Being Charitable

Charitable giving is generally defined as giving money to a nonprofit organization like churches, hospitals, charities, and schools. These types of organizations usually rely on donations from others in order to operate. Also, they use the money they receive to further their mission and serve others.

More than Money

There are three things you can do with money: spend, save, and give. Giving to others is important and a lot of fun. Obviously, if someone needs money to buy food and you give them money, they are able to eat. But giving goes beyond just giving away your money. You may not have a lot of money right now, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have anything to give. Whether you have a little or have a lot, you can give of your time, talents, and abilities to help others.

Giving to others makes them feel good because you were willing to give – whether it was money or time. But giving also benefits you as the giver. You feel happy because you focused on others and did something for someone else. Also, giving has been shown to be good for your health. When you give to others, it connects you with other people and produces gratitude for things you already have. And giving is contagious – when you give, it causes others to do the same.

How Can You Help Others?

Here are some ideas for how you can give of your free time or breaks from school – and they don’t require money:
  • Painting an elderly neighbor’s house
  • Helping with a recreation program for little kids after school
  • Serving others on a mission trip with your church
  • Volunteering your time to help feed and care for the homeless
  • Babysitting for a single mom for free
  • Mowing someone’s yard for free when they are sick
  • Donating some of your extra clothes to a family who lost everything in a house fire
  • Collecting new or lightly used toys to deliver to a children’s hospital

Your Core Values

A core value is something that is really important to you – something you make a priority. If being generous is important to you, you will find it easier to give to others. When you give to others, make sure that you focus on something that is really important to you. If you are passionate about it, you will be motivated to make a difference in the situation. Knowing the things that you value will help you find an organization or charity or service project that fits you. Determine which of the qualities that are most important to you from the list below:

Respectful
Trustworthy
Spiritual
Forgiving
Confident
Loving
Hardworking
Giving
Unique
Leader
Compassionate
Accountable
Peaceful
Loyal
Accepting
Sensitive
Kind
Joyful
Humorous
Honest
Patient
Committed
Energetic
Helpful
Self-controlled
Excellence
Communication
Intellect
Assertive
Cooperative
Creative
Persistent
Fair
Unifying
Competitive
Gentle


Final Thought

The Fifth Foundation is to build wealth and give. Giving is the most fun you will ever have with money.



Source: Ramsey Solutions
 

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