Are You A Giver Or A Getter?

I was asked an interesting question last week: What is life all about?

We seem to do the same old things every day. We get up in the morning, go through our routine, go to work, go home, watch some television and spend time on social media.

Somehow, we expect life to deal us a great hand and everything to work out.

Which begs and interesting question: Are you getting the best from your life?

If you had to rate it out of 100 (with 100 being the best it could ever get), what number would you give it?

Sadly, many are scoring it less than 70.

One of the ways to get the best from your life is to have a purpose, a reason for living.

I was recently sitting in nature and had an awakening thought. Nature is all about giving. The sun gives warmth and light to the earth. Water nourishes everything and plants provide food, oxygen and shade.

And best of all, they all work in with each other. For example, trees turn carbon dioxide into oxygen for us to breathe and we turn the oxygen into carbon dioxide for the trees to live. A symbiotic relationship.

They all give freely and expect nothing in return.

So, a great reason for living is “to give”.

Many people have a different outlook of “What can I get?”

What can I get out of work?

What can I get out of my relationship?

What can I get out of my friends and family?

When you think this way, you will emotionally struggle as your “getting” or “taking” determines your happiness – as per entitled people!

Please re-read this last paragraph.

Let’s flip this.

Instead of what can you get from work, like money, let’s focus on what you can give. What can you give to the owner of the business, to other team members and to customers?

And if you are a boss or a manager, what can you give to team members and customers? It can be as simple as words of appreciation.

Instead of wanting to get love from a relationship, let’s focus on what you can give. How can you make your partner’s day more enjoyable, easier and create more happiness and love?

Let’s do the same for friends and family.

When you give unconditionally (you don’t expect or need anything back), you feel a sense of purpose and enjoyment. Good-feel chemicals are released in your body which raises your immune system.

You will be surprised how good you feel from giving.

Here’s your challenge: For the next week, focus on what you can give to make someone’s day a better one.

Please take a minute and go to my Facebook page and let me know what you are giving. If everyone starts to give, the world will be a much better place.

Let’s make it happen …