Celebrate the Joy of Giving in Your Life

How to help others by giving

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A person experiencing the joy of giving by donating

Let’s celebrate the joy of giving! Believe me or not, giving is all about getting or in other words, the more you give, the more you receive.

Yes, it’s a secret barter where you give something that you have and receive happiness without asking for it. However, when you give something, you should not expect anything in return.

You give with all your heart, and forget about it. The funny thing is that you’re most happy when your act of giving has no selfish motives.

I looked up the dictionary and there it glorifies giving as “disposing of property by voluntary transfer without receiving value in return.”

Isn’t this a wonderful and humane concept? This is what I believe in, and giving has been in fact the reason why I started Aha!NOW.

Giving and helping people is what everyone should do. I take pleasure in saying that the Aha!NOW blog community is so generous in sharing their thoughts, views, and experiences with others, and I humbly thank them for doing that.

Generosity is nothing but the habit of giving. Blessed are those people who are generous and believe in the joy of giving.

It’s definitely an act of philanthropy that spreads happiness and peace, and lets goodness prevail in the world!

“For it is in giving that we receive.” ~ St. Francis of Assisi

Joy of Giving

What prompted me to write this post is the Joy of Giving Week in India that runs through Oct 2nd to Oct 8th.

There couldn’t be a better day to start than Oct 2nd, which is also the International Day of Non-Violence as it’s the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, who’s known to have used non-violent sacrifice and selfless giving so that others could have freedom and peace.

Joy of giving week logo smiley

This special week is an effort to revive the human values and an opportunity to remind us that our spirit rules over matter.

Joy of Giving is an event that celebrates humanity. I hope all Indians would volunteer in any capacity to be a part of this noble cause.

But why only Indians, all citizens of the world celebrate humanity because giving is a human trait and behavior that everyone can practice – isn’t it?

There are people and organizations around the world that promote the spirit of giving, and have even assigned different days for this purpose.

Do you know there is an index that ranks nations based on the most giving – by its citizens in terms of money, time, and helping strangers?

Though these statistics cannot be taken as a benchmark of humanity, but it’s an effort to motivate nations and people to create more caring and sharing societies.

Not only nations, but all religions of the world believe in giving and being generous, and emphasize on selfless service.

All human beings should adopt charitable behavior as part of their integral personality.

Giving to charity is one aspect of caring and sharing. Nevertheless, you can do that individually too in various ways while you celebrate the joy of giving.

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” ~ Mother Teresa

How to Help Others

If you want to help others, then I’d say it’s a very noble thought and you can execute that in ways depending on your choice, interest, and capacity.

Here’s a list of things you can do, and I’m sure you’d have more ideas that I’d like you to mention in the comments so that everyone can benefit from them.

Giving money to needy gives happiness

Donate Money

This tops the list as it’s not only one of the most convenient and easiest ways to help others, but also a very effective way.

You can donate money to charities, NGOs, not-for-profit organizations, religious organizations, places of worship, schools, hospitals, orphanages, individuals, and the list can go on.

It is popularly known that money can’t buy happiness, but by giving it can help spread happiness and you receive happiness along with satisfaction, which is almost like a reward.

No wonder why many billionaires world over believe in giving away chunks of their wealth. Donating money makes you experience the joy of giving.

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Give Time

Not everyone has money to spare, and that’s understood. You need to first take care of yourself and your family.

But if you can afford to, then give your time to volunteer for charities and organizations that run programs to help and care for the needy and people with disabilities, or even help fundraising for them.

You can give time for community or public service activities like cleaning the park, caring for the elderly in old age homes, or even babysitting for the working parents.

Your time is worth it because as people say, time is money! Remember, you don’t only give your time but even your own self, which is truly a selfless service, and you should be happy about it.

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Contribute Resources

In your busy life and hectic schedule, it’s not easy to take out time for social activities. Though you should always try to do that, one thing you can do instead is to share your resources.

These resources are your knowledge and skills.

You can volunteer to help create free homes for the homeless if you’re a construction worker, or teach the illiterate people if you’re a teacher.

You can empower the poor kids to learn and develop applications if you’re a computer geek, or you can spread awareness about giving and helping if you’re a blogger or an Internet marketer.

These are just a few examples, though there are numerous other ways you can help depending on your capacity and skills.

If not your knowledge or skill, then you can donate your material resources like clothes, toys, sports equipment, books, stationery, utensils, or any other personal belongings to celebrate the joy of giving.

Charity always begins from home, that’s what my Mom used to say – and she was a huge selfless ‘giver’. 🙂

giving balloons

Share Love

Love is a great healing positive energy and it is the basis of humanity. Everybody is capable of loving and everyone should spread love through his or her thoughts, words, and actions.

You should become love teachers and have love for others, and then only you can do genuine selfless service to help strangers.

You can give your love to others at any place you are, and the easiest way is simply smiling at strangers, giving compliments and greeting them while walking on the road!

I have even heard of some people who distribute “free hugs” to unknown people, send flowers to people in distress to make their day, and celebrate for others to make them happy.

You can even prepare food and distribute it among the homeless, or share your “social love” on the posts that you read in the blogosphere to enjoy the joy of giving. 🙂

Pledge organs

Did you know that your entire body can help save the life of as many as 50 people!

Some of your body organs can be transplanted to the needy while you’re alive and the rest after your death. All you need to do is to register yourself at the concerned health centers and organizations.

You not only save the life of people whom you donate your organs to, but you even give help and support to their families with your selfless act.

Can there be anything greater than giving or saving a life?

There’s no joy of giving greater than making others happy, and the happiness that you see on the faces of the people you help is your biggest prize!

Help animals

Human beings are supposed to be the most intelligent species on this planet, and the most capable ones to help the other species.

Humanity is not only being concerned about the humans. Instead, the religion of humanity also encompasses the other animals, as they too need care and help.

It’s good if you keep a pet, and it’s great if you help the needy, stray, or wild animals by supplying them food, providing medication and shelter, protecting them from poachers, or in any other possible ways.

You can experience the joy of giving by joining the animal aid centers or your local community campaigns to help animals.

For example, there are incidents when sea animals are brought ashore by the waves and they aren’t able to go back into the waters – it’s your time to act and help them!

Or when you see a stray and injured animal, the least you can do is call the animal helpline so that they are taken care of and given timely treatment.

Save the environment

The world has given us everything, and we know how unique and special our Earth is. The future of the Earth depends on us, and we give back to the world or Earth by being its caretakers.

You can save the Earth by changing your lifestyle and by taking proactive measures to save the planet that includes the flora, fauna, physical composition of the Earth, and the atmosphere.

Live in a way that does not impact the environment negatively, and help create awareness about it amongst the ignorant people.

Some of the things that you can do is use less paper and save trees, drive less and save oil, eat moderately and save food, and use less harmful gases and save the ozone!

You can even plant more trees, help create clean water reservoirs, and try to make your area pollution free and see what beautiful changes your giving brings to your environment.

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

You can make a difference, and you can be a philanthropist in the capacity you’re in. You too can experience the joy of giving and help create a change in the world.

There are more things you can do to contribute your share of peace and happiness to the world.

This can be your way of expressing gratitude towards life and the planet, your way of saying thank you by giving back.

Though the Joy of Giving Week is taking place in India, you can experience happiness by helping others in any corner of the world.

I think such days are great reminders for us to reach out and help others, aren’t they? However, you can celebrate the joy of giving anytime YOU want, without waiting for any specific day or week!

Make giving a part of your life and your family tradition so that your children learn the spirit of giving and it passes on to the future generations.

Here’s a video that may touch your heart and make you see the importance of giving. Yes, it’s slightly long, but worth watching 🙂


Peter Singer ~ The Why and How of Effective Altruism ~ YouTube Video

“I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy.” ~ Kahlil Gibran

Different people make different choices – but as far as you are giving and it’s helping other people directly or indirectly, your choice is good! So which way of helping others have you chosen?

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May everyday be the joy of giving day, and may God bless you for spreading goodness, happiness, and peace in the world. 🙂

Over to You –

How and when do you celebrate the joy of giving? Which act of giving or helping others gives you happiness and satisfaction? Share your views about giving in the comments below.

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  1. Charmie

    2014-04-19 at 2:37 pm

    Gratitude is the best way to give your love towards the things you want in your life. Its like Newton’s law that every action has got an equal and opposite reaction. The more gratitude you give, the more will you receive.

  2. Khairul Zamri

    2014-03-03 at 6:48 pm

    Giving something to someone may help them that in some situations. Its can be anything to give to others as long as it valuable to them in that time and situation.

  3. Dheeraj Jain

    2013-11-09 at 6:44 pm

    Hello Ma’am,
    I totally agree with the thought “the more you give, the more you receive”. Giving and sharing are medicines to get peace of mind. The happiness you see on others face after helping others is very precious, in this selfish world the joy of giving is amazing. and yeah the video is worth watching and heart touching. Inspiring video..

  4. Carol B

    2013-10-10 at 12:33 am

    Great tips. You show how easy it really is to help out. It doesn’t have to be about giving money. There are so many different ways to help. Deliver a meal to a senior citizen who is house-bound. Rake leaves for someone who is too ill to get out. Make craft kits for the local kid’s hospitals. Volunteer at a local shelter. So many ways!

    Thanks for reminding me to do my part.

  5. Jodi

    2013-10-10 at 12:29 am

    Harleena! Real solid, practical ways to give. I hope I engage in them all and keep it up. I know I always get far more than I give at any given moment! It is a great way to feel good about yourself.

    I didn’t know about Joy of Giving Week. I think every country needs one of those!

  6. Carolyn

    2013-10-08 at 1:39 am

    Hi Harleena,

    What a wonderful week of celebration you have in India and what a wonderful way to celebrate it here at your blog! You’re right, there are so many ways you can give besides money. Often money isn’t what is needed but other things are such as volunteers who are able to show up and lend a hand.

    In general the people who give tend to really benefit more than the people who receive. The feeling of giving and knowing you made a difference in someone’s life is incomparable.

  7. Ahsan

    2013-10-07 at 8:27 pm

    Hello Harleena Singh,

    Yes… giving something to others make me so happy that I can’t tell. It’s an awesome feeling to give others a gift. Helping someone is also gives mental satisfaction. I think there is no happiness to enjoy alone, if you share to others you’ll get real happiness.

    I love your title. It matched well with the full content 🙂

  8. bonnie

    2013-10-05 at 9:42 pm


    This is a wonderful blog. Here in the USA giving is mainly down around the holiday’s which is sad.

    But people all so forget the mail person and the trash men. During the summer we offer them a cold drink in the winter we offer them a hot drink.

    Last Christmas we offered the Salvation Army person collecting donation a cup of coffee. It was a real cold day out windy and snowing he said that would be nice so our son and I went to the gas station brought a large cup of coffee and a part tart to eat. He was so thankful.

    I could go on and on about giving but the last things it doesn’t have to be money to do some thing for others you can give some one a hand shake,smile a simple hello or hold a door open. So many thing thing can brightening a person day.

  9. Susan Neal

    2013-10-05 at 7:07 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    I didn’t know about the Joy of Giving week in India – what a great idea for a festival. The video is very moving, though that first story about the little girl being run over was depressing to watch.

    I feel I’m basically a very selfish person, but I try to give in a number of ways – I’m a volunteer for our local First Responders, we give regularly to two charities, and we recycle as much as we can and try to consider the environment in the way we live – for example, only using the car when we really need to. We’re lucky to have a lovely garden, and we’re trying to make it a haven for wildlife in the way we manage it. We spend a small fortune feeding the birds! My husband and I have also both registered as organ donors in the event of our deaths.

    One of my gifts is that I’m a pretty good listener, and I think that’s a way of giving, on an emotional level. My nursing work involved a lot of listening and caring and I tried to offer compassion and understanding to staff, as well as the patients I cared for. As a blogger, I try to give something of myself in the posts I write and in the way I interact with other bloggers through comments and social media – I guess I just do my best to be helpful.

    I still feel I do very little compared to many other altruistic individuals, and it’s something I need to keep working on.

    Thanks for another very inspirational post, Harleena – I hope you’re having a well deserved rest this weekend 🙂

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