The joy of giving
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The joy of giving

Festival time is a time for celebration and self-indulgence. We go all out buying gold, silver, new electronic items, household stuff, new clothes, crackers, mithais and what have you.  All this gives us so much pleasure!

But there is one thing that is more gratifying than all of this and that is the joy of giving. If you can bring a smile to one child’s face, light up one house, feed one hungry soul or clothe one naked body, the happiness that you will feel will be unparalleled by anything else.Festival time is a time for celebration and self-indulgence. We go all out buying gold, silver, new electronic items, household stuff, new clothes, crackers, mithais and what have you.  All this gives us so much pleasure!

 

“Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.”
― Ben Carson

 

This holds true for me, personally, as I feel happier giving to others rather than taking from them.

Only those that are moved by compassion will reach out to help others. Charity is taught by every religion because compassion is essential for spiritual life. Daan in Hinduism and Buddhism, offerings in Christianity; zakat in Islam, all major religions uphold the philosophy of giving.  According to research, sharing and giving has innumerable emotional and physical benefits — it makes our lives happier, fulfilling and more meaningful.

If we encourage our children to share their things with those that are less fortunate than us, our children will become better human beings. Sharing and giving to others will make them less selfish and more compassionate towards others.

So, this Diwali let your children experience the joy of giving. Make a visit to the local orphanage or blind school and let your child distribute sweets, clothes, toys etc. This will also make them aware of their own good fortune.

If I were a billionaire,
I would wash the earth
And clean the air,
The ills of this world
Would I repair.
No child would go without a meal.
No one’s fate would poverty seal.
If I were a billionaire,
Yes, I would dare to share!

~ By Sonia Menghani

 

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