“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”
I usually give without expecting anything in return. My heart becomes full of joy when my family or friends are happy because of something that I did for them.
A symbolic gift. A nice dinner. A laid-back sightseeing.
Several studies have been shown that the act of giving can be good for our health. According to Stephen G. Post, a professor of preventive medicine at Stony Brook University, “the impact of giving is just as significant as not smoking and avoiding obesity”. Moreover, a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science shows that when one person behaves generously, it inspires others to behave generously later, toward different people.
Importantly, the act of giving makes relationships stronger and reinforces appreciation and acknowledgement of each other.
Thank you for sending me gifts from far away.
Photos taken by Ricardo Ferreira at Martim Moniz, Lisbon, Portugal, September 2013.