“Giving is the master key to success, in all applications of life” Bryant McGill
Researchers have found that those individuals who are true “givers”, who have freely given their time, donated money, or even just shared a kind comment or gesture to someone in need have reported greater self esteem, lower levels of stress and is less prone to depression. But does “giving” make you any happier? Yep, it most certainly does. When the covid pandemic started years ago our company decided to do a fundraising campaign to thank the nursing staff at the Ontario hospitals. Hundreds of dollars in free product were given away thanking the staff for their unprecedented service. From the reviews we received they were appreciative of our generosity which made us very happy!
When you add value to another person’s life it will in fact move your own life upwards reaching new heights. Subsequently the good you provide will return to you ten-fold with abundance, better health, & happiness. How many times have you been patiently waiting at a Tim Hortons drive thru (a Canadian coffee franchise) and some wonderful soul in front of you buys you a coffee?! Smiling ear to ear you are thinking, “well, that’s unorthodox behavior!” Lol, it’s so unusual as very few people do it! Those caring, thoughtful individuals are “paying it forward“. This beautiful act of kindness starts a chain reaction of generosity providing a proven, positive ripple effect towards others.
I’m sure if you look back in your own life, you’ll recall great acts of kindness that you as the giver have either contributed to, or have been the recipient of. In my own lifetime I can clearly remember several considerate people who displayed unprecedented acts of kindness towards me, far beyond normal generosity. Like many who have experienced such kindness you will never forget those people as they made such an impact on your life. More importantly that gesture of giving, that memory of kindness you experienced will be fondly remembered for a lifetime.
One person in particular that comes to mind who recently passed away and who would have been celebrating his 88th birthday is Bob Proctor. Many will know him as a famous international icon in the personal development industry, a milestone in human potential. I had the great honor & privilege of working with him over 3 decades ago and was in awe of his inspiring, undeniable positive attitude, his strength of character and blessed, giving nature. Aside from his powerful personality he possessed, as well as his marvelous, unparalleled mind, Bob Proctor was a true “giver” in every sense of the word.
“At the end it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished. It’s about who you have lifted up, who you have made better. It’s all about what you give back.” Denzel Washington
I hope you too will meet someone in your life that is as kind and as much a role model to learn from as I have experienced. That you will remember with much gratefulness how that generosity created a positive impact on your life and may it continue to move you upward towards your dreams and goals. More importantly, just like a beautiful chain reaction, you too will “pay it forward” and share the “Art of Giving” towards others.
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