How Giving Can Improve Your Life
It is now November, the month of giving. It’s time to share what we are thankful for, and it’s time to reflect upon the blessings we received so far, and celebrate. Be thankful for your family, and your friends.
Are you familiar with the Dead Sea? Have you ever wondered why it’s called the Dead Sea? The Dead Sea is located in the Middle East, right between Israel, Palestine, and Jordan. The salt concentration is so high (above 30%, compared to 3% concentration of average seawater) there is no way for any fish, plants, be able to live in the water. The reason for the high Salt concentration in the water is because it has no inflow or outflow. So this can be applied to life as well. If you don’t give (outflow) your finance will be just like the Dead Sea. No Bueno.
Have you seen the Disney movie Mickey’s Christmas Carol? It’s a tale about giving. The story surrounds Uncle Scrooge, a very wealthy but not known as a kind man. Uncle Scrooge leaves the office just before midnight on Christmas eve. Upon arrival, Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his deceased business partner Jacob Marley. Marley warns him that he will be doomed in the afterlife and will face the same misery unless he changes his wickedness. After Marley departs Scrooge is visited by 3 time traveling spirits each takes him to the past, present, and the future to teach a valuable lesson. Once morning arrived, Scrooge decided to take the lesson to heart and became a generous and giving man. Moral of this tail is about selflessness. Sure it is important to take care of yourself and your family but helping others when one is able to do so also just as important. Scrooge had placed more importance on acquiring riches than friends or loved ones since he was young. His love of money chased away the one love of his life.
There is a Chinese proverb that goes: “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.” By helping others and giving back to your friends, family, and community, you will be happier, and your life will improve as the same blessing will come back your way as well.
Yoichi Kato is an author, speaker, serial entrepreneur, and a Navy veteran. He is a master business networker & connector who is always connecting people. He is also an amazing Chef who provides private chef services all over San Diego. Yoichi loves to help others and see them thrive.