It has been found that when people give to charities, for example, it activates parts of the brain associated with pleasure, social connection and trust. And Harvard researchers found that giving funds to someone else lifted people's spirits more than spending it on themselves.
Volunteering one's time and energy is another form of giving and is consistently associated with improved health and longevity, even in the sick and elderly. Its even found that giving your time to someone in need expands not just your happiness, but your perception of the amount of time you have (as in greater time abundance)!
It is found that giving invokes gratitude and is contagious. How many times have you wanted to "give back"?
From our perspective, one of the reasons why giving is such a powerful contributor to happiness is that it takes us down the path of service, which is our true purpose. Therefore, it helps us discover who we truly are. To give of ourselves moves us away from "the little me" and brings us into alignment with "the real or true me". That brings joy, happiness, health, vitality and more.
If you need a little help, the key, as with anything in life, is to practice. Like gratitude and happiness, which can be learned with practice, so can giving. We can learn various levels of giving, depending on our time, our preferences and more. But we can always give!
So the suggestion is to give kindly and regularly. If you're not ready for a long term commitment, maybe you can try a 21 day giving or kindness challenge. Make a conscious choice to be kind or to give something to a person or persons, an animal or animals, a community or Mother Earth, etc., everyday. The act could be something tangible and physical, like food, clothing, money, gifts, etc. or it could be a prayer or a blessing. Something specifically for this commitment though. Maybe something for someone you wouldn't or haven't ordinarily served in that way.
Support your commitment with Soulfulness practices to bless yourself and remove obstacles to the joys of regular kindness and giving. You can chant a Soul Order such as:
Soul Orders my heart and mind to awaken (or further awaken) to the joys of giving and kindness.
Soon, giving will be part of the fabric of your being. You will have grown, changed and expanded, having discovered one of the keys to alignment with the universe.
We hope you are pleased!
Thank you so much.
With our greatest love,
Tao Hands Team.