By Bronwyn Ison

Giving connects us to others. Research shows being magnanimous provides a sense of fulfillment. Also, it provides a sense of well being for all concerned. Giving creates stronger bonds with family and friends. Serving others allows us to connect with our community as well. It’s not all about money – we can give of our time, energy, ideas, and so much more.

Each of us has personal goals, dreams, and aspirations. Others near you are trying to achieve their personal endeavors as well. Assisting someone along the way by lending a helpful hand can be rewarding for you both. There is only so much you can accomplish on your own. Seeking advice, encouragement, or support may be key ingredients to satisfying your hearts desires.

Self-absorbtion is not healthy for you or others in your circle. Living selflessly encourages a healthier lifestyle, physically, and mentally. Reflect on the last act of kindness you displayed to a friend, family member, or complete stranger. How did you feel? How did the person respond? Were you gratified by your act of compassion and love? I believe most acts of altruism are birthed from personal motives and intentions. Our human nature is one of self-preservation. Flip the coin and conduct yourself with a giving and tender heart.

Most people tend to believe they would help more if they had more money. Acts of kindness are not always financially driven. It can be as simple as holding the door open for someone, paying it forward by treating a stranger to coffee, or complimenting someone. Or, you can take it step further. Volunteering your time, rewarding others tangible or monetary gifts. Your gift of compassion is the other person’s reward.

Serving others or being helpful should not be a matter of seeking personal validation. This may result in the wrong intentions behind the act. There is a difference between seeking validation and serving. Acts of kindness should be about providing a difference in a person’s life. Again, this is gratifying to the person who is giving but not in a self-serving way or seeking validation.

When involved in assistance to others, we are able to flourish as well. Learning more about a friend, co-worker, or family member allows the person to recognize you possess a genuine interest. As humans, we require a sense of value. It also allows us to be present with those in your life.

Take a moment each day to bring a ray of sunlight into others lives. There is no risk but only reward.

Bronwyn Ison is the owner of Evolve Yoga. 760.564.YOGA(9642)

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