These last few months have been extremely busy, some may even call it challenging, but I must say they have been the most rewarding and enjoyable months. I spent these months giving my time, talent, and treasure. This past month reminded me of why I got started in the nonprofit field and the reason that I chose a life of giving.
What Does Giving Mean to Me?
To give is defined as, “to present voluntarily and without expecting compensation.” [i]
Take a moment and complete this sentence: I chose a life of giving because…
For me, I chose a life of giving because someone gave to me. Without the generosity of my family, friends, teachers, colleagues, and strangers, I would not be who I am today. I am forever grateful and continue to give in the hopes of having the same impact on others.
Benefits of Giving
As we face these difficult times, it’s easy to get caught up in our own needs. But it’s important we remember to give to others. Whether you are raising funds for a meaningful cause or donating your time and services to those in need; there are benefits to your mind, body, and spirit by practicing the act of giving. Numerous studies demonstrate the benefits of giving to your health. According to Cleveland Clinic, giving can:
- Lower your blood pressure.
- Increase your self-esteem.
- Result in less depression.
- Lower your stress levels.
- Support living a longer life.
- Result in greater happiness and satisfaction.ii
Ways to Give
Here are some ways you can give:
1. Give of Your Time – Giving of your time is just as valuable as giving of your money. Giving of your time looks different for everyone. It could mean volunteering with an organization, giving a compliment to someone, performing a random act of kindness, or even promoting a cause on your social media pages.
2. Give of Your Talent – Donate your services or talents to others. If you are an artist, you may choose to teach an art class for a group of youth. Or if you are a Human Resource professional, you may volunteer to conduct resume reviews for teens. No matter what your talent may be, there is an organization or individual in need of your support.
3. Give of Your Treasure – You may elect to give a monetary donation, whether it’s a one-time or recurring donation. Or maybe host a fundraiser asking your friends to match your giving.
[i] “Give Definition & Meaning.” Dictionary.com, Dictionary.com, www.dictionary.com/browse/giving.
[ii]“Why Giving Is Good for Your Health.” Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, 30 Nov. 2020, health.clevelandclinic.org/why-giving-is-good-for-your-health/.