The Science of Giving

by Todd Fitzgerald

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill

Ever wondered why people give so much of their time, talents and treasures to help others? What sets them apart from the rest of the world? Is it learned or is it built into their DNA?

Research shows that giving has an impact on our overall wellbeing. Studies have shown the impact of giving can increase your physical, mental and spiritual health.

It’s easier to help another person or a cause. When we develop compassion not only for ourselves but for others, giving allows us to reach a state of peace and allows us to see life from a place where we find the greater good.

Knowing that we have donated time, talents or treasures not only increases our self-esteem but gives us a feeling of peace and happiness. The feeling we get from giving or when we are able to do something for someone else is remarkable.

Think of a time when you gave or did something for someone else without expecting anything in return? How did it make you feel? How did it make the other person feel? What impact did it have not only on your life but the life of the other person?

Teach a Kid to Fish was built on a foundation of heart, love and passion and encompasses the spirit of giving. It is that foundation that makes Teach a Kid to Fish a special organization.

It doesn’t matter what we have, if we are willing to give, we will always end up with more. Each day we have the opportunity to operate from a state of giving. What is that “why” that fulfills our purpose in life.

Giving gives us the ability to see beyond ourselves and how to serve others. We have the ability to empower them with our spirit and gratitude.

We don’t need to be wealthy or a celebrity to give. Finding something we believe in and sharing the gifts and talents we have is the greatest gift of generosity we can give.

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