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The value of giving

Evangeline Plant

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." ~ Mahatma Gandhi.

Sometimes we find it hard to believe that giving to someone is better than receiving, especially due to the nature of today’s society. We probably have all questioned this at some point as the surrounding culture is obsessed with getting the latest product or following the current trend. 

The satisfaction of creating happiness for another person, putting a smile on their face, and knowing inside that it was you that generated this, really is a far better feeling than receiving something yourself. 

The valuable reasons for giving can be thought of as lessons or morals. If you are in a position to help others then you have the power and capability to give, especially in regards to those that are less fortunate. These people are reliant on others that are kind and caring when the world doesn’t seem so great so the value of giving in this respect will add to their lives massively. On the other hand, those that do not have much but give something to a person or society are hugely inspiring people and show such kindness. 

Giving teaches you to be responsible and sometimes these sacrifices can be so rewarding, especially when you are putting a smile on someones face. The duty of this is priceless and sooner or later you’ll become aware that what you once thought makes you happy now isn’t necessary. 

We looked into a survey that studied the behavior of employees when they got a profit-sharing bonus and found that the people that had spent the majority of the money on gifts for others played an increased in happiness and the money spent on themselves had no impact at all. This is backed up by the authors of the book Happy Money: The Science of Spending who said, “Giving your money to other instead of spending it on yourself provides a bigger happiness bang for your buck.”

My Little Shop is making it easier for you to put a smile on someone’s face by introducing new gift cards.

Just remember real pleasure can come from a giving heart.


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