Why should I be Grateful and Give Back?
Gratitude and Giving back is good for your soul, health, business and career. According to the Council on Foundations (COF), a group that aims to help philanthropic organizations expand and enhance good works, 83 percent of Americans have a more positive image of companies and people that support a Non-Profit cause they care about.
Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much. – Erich Fromm
Various recent research conducted, states that Gratitude and Charity literally makes the heart grow stronger. People with coronary artery disease who participated in volunteer activities after suffering a heart attack reported a reduction in despair and depression, and that, in turn, reduced their death rates and added to their lifespan. Other volunteers had fewer incidents of heart disease.
According to Sylvia Ann Hewlett, surprisingly, to enjoy these benefits and more, you don’t necessarily need to devote a lot of your time to volunteer activities to reap health and other benefits. Research shows tangible positive changes by volunteering just 100 hours per year i.e 2 hours per week.
Since 2003, Cisco Systems has operated an innovative program that blends career development for high-potential, senior-level employees with the company’s philanthropic and community-relations goals. Cisco’s Leadership Fellows Program enables their “top leaders”–do volunteer work with a nonprofit organization for up to one year and then return to their former position, inspired, rejuvenated and armed with enhanced leadership skills and Increased Emotional Intelligence — The Key to 85% of Success in Life and Business..
Ernst & Young’s Corporate Responsibility Fellows Program encourages their top performers looking for a way to show gratitude and give back to the world by sending them to low-income countries for three months at full pay.”They love it.”
It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has. – Henry Ward Beecher
Another study in Detroit looked at 423 married couples over age 65. They were asked if they helped anyone other than each other in the previous year with transportation, errands, shopping, housework, childcare or other tasks. Those who did when tested were declared half as likely to die over the next five years than those who didn’t. When it comes to showing gratitude and giving back, everybody wins.
Giving through Philanthropy has been identified as one key area of financial multiplication.
If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free. If our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed. -Edmund Burke
Investing in Education MUST be critical to community development; you can begin with your old school and/or community. It is a great way to show gratitude and give back to those who helped you grow and develop.
As successful members of the community we have a responsibility to help those that are less fortunate and contribute to the common good of humanity. If you can’t directly commit time, contribute a percentage of your Income, which is also a function of the time you have spent to earn a living and livelihood. This too adds up as your contribution.
Deliberately think through and decide how you intend to give to charity. It’s a great idea because these days all kinds of organizations may bombard you with requests for donations.
Rather than give money willy-nilly to anyone who asks, make a plan about where your charitable contributions will go. Give education scholarships, build and equip libraries, science laboratories, sports complexes, music centers, renovate school building, furnish dormitories, create incentives for academic excellence, create incentives for caregivers and teachers, furnish classrooms, provide books for learners, spend time with the school management, volunteer as a resource in the school, create an endowment fund etc
Finally, if your business is in the red, contribute some of your time, to your old school in the areas where they are able to use your passion, knowledge and skills. If you do this regularly you will enjoy both the intangible and tangible benefits of giving. Your business will definitely enjoy a financial turn around, personally you will experience a pleasant feeling of connectedness and the satisfaction of making the world a better place.
Being grateful and charitable adds immense value to you in various ways.
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. -Winston Churchill