Giving is the act of digging deeper within oneself to offer the tangible and intangible to others as a way to comfort them without any expectation of returns or gains.
Digging deeper depicts that you are giving, not for the sake of doing it or because everyone is. You are giving because you can empathize with those who lack what you have, bend over to try meeting their needs, and anticipate the joy they’ll feel when they eventually get and use what you are giving them.
In simple terms, giving should connect with your heart, it is when it does that it’s easier not to expect anything in return especially when what you give costs you more than you can afford.
Two Categories of Gifts
There are two broad categories of Gifts- the tangible and the intangible. The tangible gifts are the gifts we are capable of perceiving especially by the sense of touch. They are the box gifts, the clothes, the shoes, they are those gift items we can touch with our hands and appreciate.
The second category is the intangible gift. This category of gifts has a far-reaching effect but they can’t be touched. They can only be felt when they are shared. A warm hug or an infectious smile can be that intangible gift.
None of these two gifts is greater than the other, in fact, they have proven to be more effective when they are shared together.
Though the tangible might cost you money, the intangible will only cost a bit of your emotions but that shouldn’t be hard to give at all.
Rewards For Giving - What you get when you give
Beyond the Spiritual reward that comes with giving, there are other biological benefits of helping others, whether it’s financially, socially, or through random simple acts of kindness.
In a 2006 study, the National Institutes of Health found that when people give to charities, it activates regions of the brain associated with pleasure, social connection, and trust, creating a “warm glow” effect.
Some other benefits are that giving and the feeling you get from it improves emotional health, cardiovascular and nervous systems, reduces stress, and even increases longevity.
Most people enjoy the act of giving. It makes us feel good about ourselves and happy for the recipient of our offering. These good feelings are reflected in our biology. Scientists also believe that altruistic behavior releases endorphins in the brain, producing the positive feeling known as the “helper’s high.”
In summary, giving isn’t just an act, it’s an act that has everything to do with our hearts and the hearts of others. A simple kind gesture either through tangible or intangible giving can make a remarkable difference in all our lives.