The Art of Giving
Do you know what happens to your brain when you "give"? As adults, we know the practical benefits of donating our time, money or resources to non-profits, people or missions. But, the act of giving is actually two-fold, because it also provides the giver with an immediate energy shift!
If you're feeling down, taking the focus off of our own sorrow and putting that energy to good use is how we are able to provide this change in our brain. It's something important for us to recognize in ourselves, but it's really an incredible gift to pass on to our kids as well. No matter what age, we all have this ability.
"If you're feeling hopeless, help someone." ~Aung San Suu Kyi
You might be thinking - I don't have the time or the resources to give as much as I want to. However, helping someone doesn't always have to look like volunteering or giving money. It could be a simple phone call to a friend you haven't talked to in a while. You could send a thoughtful text or write a hand written note letting someone know how much you appreciate them. Sometimes just giving what you need in the moment is just what the doctor ordered:) You never know how you could change a person's day with a simple act of kindness.
So, next time you're feeling sad, ask yourself "who can I help?" I know it sounds so simple - or maybe even counterintuitaive in the moment- but it really does work. Not only will it transform how you feel, but it will transform someone else's day or life too!
If you're local, this Sunday, November 13th I'll be a teaching a FREE workshop to the kids in my community on the Art of Giving. For more details or to register your child: Art of Giving Workshop. I'd love for you to bring your kid(s) to this event and have them learn about this special gift they have within themselves.
Have a fabulous week!
Certified Holistic Health Coach
Certified Girlife Facilitator