A very wise man once wrote that there is more happiness in giving to others than there is in receiving from them. This sentence is one of the truest statements that has ever been written or spoken. Anyone who has had the experience of giving something to another, especially when that other individual is in need, can attest to the fact that there is a sense of inner joy that comes from giving to others that cannot be duplicated.
It does not matter how big the gift is that you receive. The joy that you get from giving something small will always surpass that of getting. It is interesting that the joy that an individual gets from giving does not depend on the size of the gift that they give.
Obviously, not everyone has it within them financially to be the next Bill Gates. They cannot give billions of dollars to help finance certain health initiatives in underdeveloped parts of the world. However, just giving a dollar to a person that you see walking down the street who you can tell is in real need is often times enough to help an individual experience the inner joy that comes from giving.
It is interesting to note that this joy that comes from giving is a multicultural, international thing. In surveys that are taken of individuals around the world, an overwhelming majority agree with the fact that some of the happiest moments in their lives were when they were able to give something to others. It could’ve been some form of giving that might seem obligatory such as giving a present during a local holiday or celebration that requires giving. Or could have been a random act of kindness such as purchasing the meal for the table sitting next to you at a restaurant.
One of the reasons why most humans experience joy from giving to others, is because joy is contagious. So what happens is that when we give a gift or do something kind for another person we are able to observe their joy. Their outer expression of joy makes us feel joyful on the inside.
Many researchers suggest that individuals who are feeling down should try to do something nice for others. It can be something as simple as going out and purchasing Cookies by Design gift baskets and giving them to their fellow coworkers that can make all the difference in their lives. Really, as humans we have been programmed with an innate desire to want to make others happy and to gain happiness by seeing the joy of others. The ability to give, and the ability to experience the power of giving is an experience that is unparalleled by any other.