Let’s acknowledge a simple fact – giving feels good.
It acknowledges our sense of involvement in society and the letting go of things that matter little. Money, after all, is a means to an end. And to do any good, money must be spent on worthy endeavors.
All the major religions of the world acknowledge the importance of giving. In Matthew 6:1-4, Jesus said, “When you give …” not “if you give.” St. Paul expanded on this in Corinthians 9:6-7, “Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” In Buddhism, giving is the first of the ten perfections that Buddha taught about. And one of the Five Pillars of Islam is the giving of alms or charity to those in need. All religions recognize that giving has the effect of transforming the mind of the giver. Giving without expecting anything in return leads to spiritual wealth and a healthy mind.
Religious scholars and scientists have tried to explain why giving feels so good. A simple explanation might be that it is necessary for our survival as humans. In a world of so much tragedy and sadness, a little human kindness goes a long way to making this a better place to live.
As St. Paul guides, as Buddha teaches, and as the Koran instructs, do it quietly, but give and you will reap the rewards for your gift in the way you feel about life.
To encourage the spirit of giving at this time of year, or any time for that matter, Traditions Furniture will discount the price of a Stressless recliner or sofa by $200, now through January 20, 2014. And all you have to do is to feel good by giving a charitable donation of $50 or more. What’s more, you can pick your charity to feel good about.