Giving is part of your greater self

A book on giving by Bill Clinton

How can we bring more joy to do people around us? This is a question you may ask yourself constantly or at least sometimes. And it's a tough one to answer, because everyone is different and not necessarily happy with your attitude. If we look around us, there are almost everywhere people, who live in pain (which has many forms), are desperate or need help of some kind. To continue and pretend that nothing is wrong would mean that we are satisfied with the current situation.

Giving relies on an open-minded human kindness that doesn't expect anything in return. It is the highest level a personal development can reach according to the Maslow's hierarchy. A person that is ready to give has realized its full potential and looks beyond itself to make a positive difference. It's amazing how the goodness of one can cause a chain reaction of change throughout the world.

Bill Clinton wrote a great book that has deeply touched me. It's called "Giving: How each of us can change the world" and is full of examples of the best side of human kind. He shows us how life can become more meaningful, if we engage in giving money, time, things, experience, reconciliation and a new beginning, models and others. It is up-to-date one of the few books that provoked tears in me, despite my thinking that I'm made of stone.

Clinton described an example of a 7-year-old child, who had leukemia and wanted to become a policeman. Real police officers provided the means, so that he can fly in helicopter, swear in as honorary officer and have an official uniform. The first child, supported by the "Make-a-wish" foundation, died soon after.

The company "Heifer International" does something uncommon, but inspiring—giving different types of animals to people in poor countries, so they can feed themselves through the products the animals produce. The only requirement for gift receivers is that they send their first newborn to other people in need. Clinton showed how such generosity, based on the pay-it-forward principle, helped reduce poverty in some villages and scaled accordingly.

I think that everyone is capable of giving at some point in life, sooner or later. The opportunities for that are practically endless, and this book only proves it. We see that famous people like Angelina Jolie, Shakira, Bono and many others do it. It's not necessary that we give much. If we can't give money, we can give time; if not time, then experience; if not experience, then something else.

Giving doesn't come entirely without flaws however. For instance, the receiver may become overly dependent on help. That said, giving is emotionally rewarding for both parties. Through the strong connection, joy travels both ways.