Don’t Give to Get – Ishani Singh

As it is said, “A moment of gratitude makes a difference in our attitude”, it’s important that we thank God for whatever little or more we have. No matter how tough you think your life is, there is always someone who must be facing challenges that are even tougher than yours.

Society is important because it provides us with a system and a platform to work together for the betterment of the world. With the collective efforts of the society, we are able to improve our living and social conditions. Hence, it should be a moral and ethical duty of every individual on this planet to give back from where they are obtaining so much.

I am a staunch believer that more I give the more I will have. Giving back is where you give, and then nothing ‘material’ comes your way to make it ‘worth’ your while– no benefits for you, no recognition, nothing tangible comes your way. Your biggest and sole reward is the realization that you’ve made a significant change in someone’s life. And if not “significant”, then a positive one nevertheless.

A wide range of research has linked different forms of generosity to better health, even among the sick and elderly. Researchers suggest giving may improve physical health and longevity by decreasing stress. In our modern-day lifestyle, it is stress which is associated with all kind of health problems.

When one is engaged in philanthropic and humanitarian activities, the individual’s emotional quotient is bound to increase. One grows as an individual phenomenally as the care and consideration for others is awakened. More importantly, it feels good to give. Deep down inside, we all want to feel that we contributed, added value and had some kind of meaning and purpose in our lives. Giving to others helps to feel that we’ve made that difference and helped to alleviate the crisis in somebody else’s life.

By the way, giving is very contagious and many people who give back to society have been inspired by someone or the other.

Bill and Melinda Gates were just named as the most generous philanthropists, and have spent more than thirty-six billion dollars to fund work in global health, emergency relief, education, poverty and more. In one of their interviews, they said,

“We don’t compare different people’s suffering. All suffering is a terrible tragedy. We do, however, assess our ability to help prevent different kinds of sufferings. When we studied the global health landscape, we realized that our resources could have a disproportionate impact. We knew we could help save literally millions of lives. So that’s what we’ve tried to do.”

In 2010, the Gates tried to inspire philanthropy among other wealthy executives by launching the Giving Pledge, which encourages billionaires to donate at least half of their wealth to charitable causes during their lifetime or in their will. A 2018 report from financial research company Wealth-X predicts the pledge may be worth as much as $600 billion by 2022.

Whichever way you look at it, giving back to society has profound benefits for both the donor and the recipient. The potential for strengthening people and nations by giving back to society is huge, and something that we all need to consider looking into. Here’s hoping that you are inspired to contribute to society in whichever shape or form in your life.

 

~ Ishani Singh, Amity International School, Noida 

 

 

 

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