I believe that giving is its own reward. I feel deeper satisfaction when I let go of expecting something in return.
I listen to a friend’s troubles without mentioning my own. I give them my full attention. I validate their experience and let them know that their feelings matter to me.
I offer a compliment to a stranger. I tell them that I like their haircut or admire their skateboarding skills.
I engage in small talk. I brighten someone’s day by taking the time to ask about their family or their weekend plans. I take an interest in their favorite topics rather than steering the conversation towards my own concerns.
I perform extra chores at home when no one is looking. I take out the garbage even when it is someone else’s turn. I wipe the handle on the refrigerator door each time I pass by.
I share the credit at work. I tell my boss about how a team member resolved a conflict or saved the company some money. I ask coworkers for their input. I show them that I respect their insights and talents.
I support worthy causes without expecting recognition. I donate money and volunteer my time.
Today, I give generously and anonymously. I put aside ulterior motives and share my blessings joyfully with no strings attached.
- How can I avoid being treated like a pushover when I give without expectations?
- What is my motivation for giving?
- What is one lesson my parents taught me about the importance of giving?