They say giving is better than receiving, and science agrees. In fact, scientific research will tell you that what happens in your brain when you give is similar to what happens when you desire things like food and sex. Contrary to popular belief that we are all hardwired to be looking out for ourselves, science and old wisdom will tell you the opposite. As it turns out, we are hardwired to give.
As it turns out, we are hardwired to give.
So what stops us? There are nearly as many reasons as there are people, but I think a lot of them can be remedied by a simple principal: give what you've got. We have to view life in seasons and, in doing so, realize that we'll have different resources at different times. When it comes to giving, just because we can't compare to the financial contributions of the worlds greatest philanthropists like Zukerberg, Gates, Buffet, or Bono, doesn't mean we can't have an impact.
In my twenties I had nearly no money and didn't know much about the world. What I did have was time - and so I gave that whenever it made sense. As I move into a different season, my thirties, I have some money (like... a little), I know a couple of things, and I have significantly less time on my hands as I begin my family. So now giving looks different for me because my resources have changed.
So here's are the keys:
1. Giving is good for you. Do it. You'll like it.
2. Give smart.
- A shotgun effect is useless. Find something you identify with and can stick with.
3. Give what you've got.
- Take stock of your resources. Don't compare to others. Give what you have.