You’d Better Give to Receive


I heard in a documentary recently that there’s a part of our brain that can’t distinguish time or tell the difference between the self and others. An amazing little tidbit that, unfortunately, they didn’t expand upon. They didn’t talk about what this part is called or even refer to the guy’s credentials. Hmmm…

But even if what he said is total crap, I am deciding to believe it because it’s such an intriguing and inspiring thought.

If this is true, then, as the “expert” says, we receive at the same time we give. Anything we say to another person, we also say to ourselves, so make it good – literally.  Be sure that your sentiments are always positive because you are receiving exactly what you put out there.

Sure, we’ve all heard this before: “Give as good as you get,” “If you don’t have anything nice to say…,” and my mom’s personal favorite, “Treat others the way you want to be treated.” All nice words but I think I’m more moved by the idea that my own health might be affected by what I give off.  What else could this part of my brain be taking in?

 How does it take it when I curse the bus schedule or imagine shoving my boss into the electric pencil sharpener? What am I doing to myself when I quip at my husband, roll my eyes or pretend I don’t see the old lady on the subway?

On the other hand, what happens when I forgive, smile, compliment? What if I didn’t think about how my hard-earned fifty cents would just end up contributing to that homeless guy’s drug habit? What if I gave away something that I love to someone who needs it more?

I can’t stop thinking about this one. What else could we be doing to get more from giving more?

I’d love to hear your thoughts!


4 thoughts on “You’d Better Give to Receive

  1. While I am not always the most positive person, I do see the effects of smiling and giving compliments to others. They seem to respond both physically and emotionally. What I have started telling myself is that it doesn’t cost me anything to give someone some positive feedback to people.


  2. I’m learning more and more each day that we are all part of the great Whole of the universe. We are all connected. As a result, when you give to make someone else better, you are ultimately enhancing the Whole connection…which you are ultimately a part of. I’m learning that this is a major reason we end up receiving when we give 🙂


  3. joedalio, I love this perspective. Everyone is affected in a positive way when there’s more giving in the universe. Well said.


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