What’s in your giveaway goody bag?

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So here we are again, my absolute favourite time of year, Christmas!

Being born and brought up in Mumbai, and coming from a convent educated school, Christmas celebrations were a huge part of my growing up years . At school we used to have competitions making Christmas Nativity sets and form groups singing Christmas carols in the neighbourhood.

I haven’t enjoyed any other festival as much as I have Christmas. It’s that magical month, bringing back many memories of my childhood. I remember running to my friend’s house after school to help in their annual ritual of preparing Christmas sweets and other delicacies.

Even today Christmas for me is all about decorating Christmas trees, fairy lights, yummy cakes, breads and puddings, wine and all things nice. Everything around is so full of celebration and seems so much prettier with the city being decorated with lights and paper lanterns.

But along with the celebrations, Christmas is also a time of giving and sharing with those around us. But that sharing is not limited to those that we love and care for. It is also for the person that we have never met and will never see. Those who are not as fortunate in their lives as we are and could use a helping hand.

If you are thinking of doing something to help the less fortunate now is the perfect time to open out your heart and your wallet. The satisfaction that comes from making a difference in the lives of others cannot be compared to any other feeling.

Knowing that you have helped make someone else’s Christmas a wee bit brighter is a special feeling, and one that has a feel good factor long after the holidays are over.

So what you can give today? What’s in your giveaway goody bag?

Is it a warm smile to someone? Or giving some food to a homeless? Or maybe volunteer at an old age home, a children’s ward in the hospital,  or offer some other help in the community college or a government run school? Maybe you can offer warm clothes that you no longer use and need to someone on the streets. Maybe you can donate a month’s groceries to your domestic help. Or even give the unbroken toys and clothes that are in good condition but no longer fit, to the children’s orphanage.

There are so many ways you can help. Your actions will mean the world to those in need.

Do a random act of kindness and make his world a much better place to live in.

Wishing you warmth and happiness in this festive season!!  Related image

The Joy of Giving

 

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“Love grows by giving. The love we give away is the only love we keep”.

We encounter so many moments, when we start realizing the true meaning of life and its impact on others.  One such moment comes with the “joy of giving”.

Helping someone out who is less fortunate than you should be one of the basic human traits. Giving may not always be about money or wealth. Generosity is just one of the aspects of giving. It’s a lot more to do with kindness, helpfulness, unselfishness, sacrifice, service, love etc.

We all know how great it feels to receive gifts. However, the joy of getting is short-lived. Our lives are made richer when we share, and that great inner joy comes from helping others to better their lives. When we do good to others, we receive great happiness.

Giving takes you out of yourself and allows you to expand beyond material limitations. Mother Teresa is a famous example. She found fulfilment in giving of herself to others. She helped change many a life from distress and fear to calmness and serenity.

In our lives we have received so much from other people—parents, friends, teachers, relatives, strangers etc. but we never forget that many a times help arrived from those quarters from where you had least expected.

It has been my experience that when you’re motivated on giving to others you’re less likely to become consumed by your own worries and challenges. Giving provides an occasion to look beyond our own world and see the bigger picture.

Giving is one of the best investments you can make towards achieving genuine happiness. When you give to another unselfishly, the vibrational energy emitting from your subconscious is at its strongest. If you find yourself feeling unhappy, try making someone else happy and see what happens. If you’re feeling empty and unfulfilled, try doing some meaningful and worthwhile work and see how you feel.

When we give, we reap the joy of seeing a bright smile, laughter, tears of joy and gratitude for life.

The Joy of Giving week is celebrated from 2nd October till 8th October. It is also known as Daan Utsav in India – a festival of philanthropy, where people , Corporates, NGO’s and various other sectors, engage in CSR through “acts of giving”, either with money, time or resources.

Wishing you much love in the “Joy of Giving Week”

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