10 simple ways to be more giving this week

10 simple ways to be more giving this week


Text: Adibah Isa

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The act of giving should be innate, but if it isn't inside you, the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre's (NVPC) second instalment of Giving Week is a healthy reminder. Here are 10 ways to give back

1. Smile
"Let us make one point, that we meet each other with a smile, when it is difficult to smile. Smile at each other, make time for each other in your family." - Mother Teresa

2. Be open to receiving gifts
"Until we can receive with an open heart, we're never really giving with an open heart. When we attach judgment to receiving help, we knowingly or unknowingly attach judgment to giving help." - Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

3. Pay attention
"Giving generously in romantic relationships, and in all other bonds, means recognising when the other person needs our attention. Attention is an important resource." - Bell Hooks, All About Love: New Visions

4. Give up and share what you need for yourself
"Generosity is not in giving me that which I need more than you do, but it is in giving me that which you need more than I do." - Kahlil Gibran, Sand and Foam

5. Do more than just write a cheque
"I don't think you ever stop giving. I think it's an on-going process. And it's not just about being able to write a cheque. It's being able to touch somebody's life." - Oprah Winfrey

6. Create something
"The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure." - Dale Carnegie

7. Give to the person even if you don't necessarily like them
"Love your neighbour, even the ones who do not show you the same courtesy. You can't expect to receive love if you're selective and not really willing to give it. What you put into the world, you will indeed get back, even if it's not from the person you're expecting it to be." - Alexandra Elle, Words from a Wanderer

8. Lead the way
"Don't wait for other people to be loving, giving, compassionate, grateful, forgiving, generous, or friendly... lead the way!" - Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

9. Be a shoulder to cry on
"There is no better exercise for your heart than reaching down and helping to lift someone up" - Bernard Meltzer

10. Donate
From today till 5 December, NVPC encourages those interested to participate, volunteer or donate to any of the beneficiaries supported by them. Here's how.

To find out more about Giving Week, click here.