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What is the True Spirit of Giving?

If you look up giving in the dictionary  you are going to receive many definitions. If you ask philosophers, you will receive another answer and if you ask religious teachers, it will be different again. After 365give days of giving and now years of volunteering every day for 365give the answer to me is very simple.

Giving is love in action and love is the common thread that runs through every human being. The true spirit of giving is the true nature of human beings. Love.

“Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others.” –Brian Tracy

Giving to others encompasses and uses all parts of ourselves including our head, our heart and hands to make a positive difference in our world.

The secret key to the true spirit of giving – no expectation of anything in return.

Giving runs through the human story since the beginning of time and now science tells us why. When we give we have a visceral response to our action.  Our brains and bodies are naturally wired to feel of love, happiness, a sense of connection, life meaning and purpose. It increases our heart health, we live longer, our mental health is better, and stress lowered.

Is it magic, a coincidence or were we designed by ‘nature” to be giving for the simple reward of feeling good and increasing our health? Is the true spirit of giving actually the true spirit of each person?

Could a small act of giving be what we have been looking for to solve so many problems in our world? A way to fill ourselves up when we feel depleted, sad, and depressed? Could giving be our way out of a world that at time seems almost impossible to live in? The light at the end of a long tunnel of darkness? To feel the beautiful light, turned on from within and shine so bright that everyone around you will have to wear sunglasses to be in your presence.

I say let your true spirit shine bright. Let the true spirit of giving be your true spirit every day.

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What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
“My life has greater meaning now.”
Renate Jorge, @BeKindBrazil and 365give Member, Family Program (Brazil)
“I just wanted to share that 365give really helped me. I am a better person now, thank you.”
MayLee, 365give Member, Individual Program
“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)