It's better to give than receive...

By Jess
@JJ4Ever (4696)
United States
July 16, 2008 4:25pm CST
What is the last thing you gave away? Why did you give it away? How did you feel afterwards? Did you regret your decision? Did you ever take it back? How did the other person or people react?
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@1hopefulman (39834)
• Canada
8 Jun 10
I'm a firm believer in that principle of Jesus. I prefer to give more than to receive but appreciate it if I get something I really need or can use. This week I gave my bike to a neighboring family so that they could enjoy it. I decided that I didn't really need the bike as I will be doing more walking from now on. This way I can enjoy the surroundings much more. And if I really want to go for a bike ride I'm sure they will let me borrow it. I always feel good when I give and so far I have never regretted giving.
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@JJ4Ever (4696)
• United States
23 Aug 11
Hi there! I'm so glad you've never regretting giving something away. I feel the same, and I'm so happy for your that you could give your bike away since you weren't using it and the neighbor family, I'm sure, is enjoying it thoroughly! I love giving when I know it's something someone needs or so badly wants that it brightens their day to finally have it. That's the best feeling!
@1hopefulman (39834)
• Canada
25 Aug 11
It's a wonderful spirit to have and it's nice to know you have it. All the best!
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
7 Sep 08
hi jj! the last things i gave away were two books authored by John Grisham, my recently bought books, The Testament and The Brethren which i really enjoyed. it so happen that one of my friends also likes John Grisham and at that time, her birthday was coming up. and she was hinting that she would be delighted to receive any gifts from me. i wasn't able to give her any gifts last year and also on Christmas last year so i asked her what did she want. she told me she'd be happy with books. and then i asked her if she likes Grisham and thank God she likes him because i wouldn't have to look for a gift. at that time, i have already finished the books and i decided to give it to her since she haven't read it yet. so i gave it to her and i was glad because she was thankful and i hope she would like it as much as i like it. i don't regret giving the two books away because it was for a friend and i have read the books anyway. and i can always buy another Grisham books.
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@JJ4Ever (4696)
• United States
8 Sep 08
I have a couple John Grisham books too! I know it sounds pathetic, but I haven't had time to read them yet...I have "The Brethren" and "A Painted House," I think, although I haven't looked at them in a while! I'm glad you were able to give those books away and that the recipient liked them. It's great that you didn't regret it because that always makes you happier when someone enjoys what you give them. Is he a good author and do you like his books in general? I'm glad we have that in common! Now I'm curious and will have to start reading those books of his now that you brought up the subject. I'm currently reading a book by a different author right now, but I should definitely start those afterwards. Thanks for posting!
@buenavida (8784)
• Sweden
8 Jun 10
One of my friends offered to give me a big bag of soil for my flowers for the balcony. She knows that I cannot carry heavy things, so she would leave it to me at home. She didn´t want any payment but I wanted to give her something. I have some socks that I could not use, they are too tight for me, but they were perfect for her. So we had a win-win situation. She gave away soil that she didn´t need and I gave away two pairs of new socks.. Anyway, I have a plan. If the business opportunities I have online give a decent income, I want to use a part of it to help those who cannot buy the same food supplements that have saved me from some big health problems. So far I have not been able to do it very often yet, but we will see what happens in the future. There are many volunteer workers that use a lot of time to help others and many who are retired and have a very low income. Not all have the possibility to get the perfect food that would keep them healthy, so this alternative could help some - like it has helped many I know. This is a dream I have had a long time, and if God will, he may help me to fulfill that dream. I think helping others gives more joy than getting help..
@JJ4Ever (4696)
• United States
11 Jul 10
Hey there! You are a very giving person. I love your response because you helped someone out who helped you. Neither of you had to do what you did, but you were both so generous to each other. You each also received a true blessing for what you did, which is the best part. I really love your goal of being in a position to truly help others someday. I hope it all works out as you've said because there are so many people who can't afford what we see as normal things like food and such. Good for you! You are so inspiring in that you have a dream, and you're definitely going for it. I wish more people were that way! How exciting. You know what I've noticed over the years is that if I give something to someone, I believe I receive the better part of the deal because I get the joy of seeing their pleasure of receiving my gift. So, in a way, I still get something when I give as is true with everyone. Thanks for your response! It was wonderful to read.
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@buenavida (8784)
• Sweden
11 Jul 10
Thank you JJ4Ever for your encouraging words. I firmly believe that following the wisdom in the Bible makes us happier: [i]"A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed."[/i] Proverbs 11:25 New International Version This has proved to be true over and over again. I once read about Endorpins, found in our brain that help us feel good and relieve pain. They are transmitted from our brain with help of exercise and many other ways, but also when we do something good to others. So when we are good to others, we are best to ourselves. I believe it proves that our Creator has made us in a way that we feel great joy when we love other human beings and show it to them.
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@buenavida (8784)
• Sweden
12 Jul 10
I meant endorphins of course! Just make a search and you´ll find a lot of information online..
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• Philippines
25 Aug 11
It's a natural of me give things especially those i don't use it anymore. I give things that are still useful to others. I normally give it with my friends or to my god-daughter. And it feel great seeing people happy to received and saying "thank you" it lift my spirit high hehhe.. Love to give than to received.
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@JJ4Ever (4696)
• United States
26 Aug 11
You certainly deserve your spirits to be lifted when you give to others. I'm so glad it's a natural thing for you to give. That's a really great characteristic to have! I love to give, but I even wish I had more of a spirit of giving than I do not. I also wish I had more money to give or to at least buy things I could give away. I think if I made/had more money, that's what I would invest in instead of blowing it all. They say the things you give away, you keep forever; the things you keep, go away. So whatever you give will last for you for an eternity!