Practising Self-Love Through Giving
The art of giving is defined as an offering from the heart without any expectation of something in return. Giving with pure intentions creates a pattern of joy, trust and companionship; passing on something enjoyable or feel-good will naturally come back around to loving yourself. Part of the human makeup is to look after the people around us and offer help, love and support in many different forms.
The practice of giving and happiness are deeply connected; remember that it doesn’t have to be a massive gesture, nor does it have to be a material offering. People often need or appreciate things that can't be seen, a shoulder to cry on, a listening ear, or a helping hand in more challenging times. When giving to others, you give back to yourself with the same uplifting and virtuous energy.
It's that warm fuzzy feeling you experience when you see how you have positively influenced someone else's day. Committing to consistently introducing personal acts of kindness into your every day is a great place to start. From the smallest action, the impact of generosity has no limits; a passing compliment, some sage advice, or even a smile can significantly improve both your and someone else's day.
Try starting with buying your colleague a coffee, holding open the door for a stranger, leaving a sweet note in your partner's work bag, go the extra mile with a friend; there is no limit to what you can do. The more you do it, the more it will become a part of you and your natural tendencies that feedback into your own experience of self-worth.
Of course, you can go grander with your giving, do some research and see if there are areas or charities to which you can volunteer your time or skills. Help grow your community; it will come straight back to you because giving is irrefutably contagious!
We all have so much to offer, which is wonderful; don’t forget to give back to yourself, too, because when you give, you set in motion a cycle of compassion and thoughtfulness into the universe. Always remember that the cycle of love starts with you, so keep that cup full of all the things that bring you peace and pride. Whether it is having a long bath, early morning beach walks or a little time alone.
As the ancient Chinese Philosopher once said, “Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” So during this coming festive season, remind yourself of what is important; what you can give to others and yourself is positively endless!