Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Gift of Giving ... The Best of Yourself

Jordan Grafman, Ph.D of the National Institute of Health, led a study in which they found that giving affects the same part of the brain that is positively stimulated by sex, drugs and money. They studied subjects' brain activity using functional magnetic resonance imaging {fMRI} in two parts of the brain. One, activated by reward reinforcement {sex, money & drugs} and the other which influences trust and social attachments. The responses proved that giving creates far more brain activity than getting.

The Giving Tree + Teaching to Give + Giving + Give Time + Mentoring + Coaching + Give Time + Giving Is Feeling Good + Gift Giving
Some ways of giving for a happy endorphin kick:


In most cases time is the most valuable gift, although it's not always the easiest for everyone with such hectic schedules. But trying to open up your schedule even just a little is an incredible gift to give. Try volunteering at a non-profit, or mentoring, reading to children at the local library, or even just reaching out to someone you know could use a shoulder to lean on.


Not everyone is in the position to give money. For those that are, donating to your favorite charity is a great way to support a cause you are passionate about. Local organizations are also a perfect way to give back to your community.


One of your goals for 2011 might have been to organize and stay clutter free. Which is a great opportunity to clean out some things and give to Goodwill, an animal shelter, homeless shelter, toy drives, books to the get the idea! ;)

Your Superhero Powers

Everyone has something that they are superstar at! It's probably something you are passionate about and it's fun for you to do. Invest your own time, money and energy into that. You'll come to find that helping, teaching, mentoring, coaching or guiding someone in something that you are incredibly talented at will be both fulfilling and rewarding for the both of you...then watch the trickle down effect! Who you taught, will teach someone else...and so on and so forth. Remember 'you might just be one person, but to one person you might be the world' ;)


  1. This is priceless advice and suggestions for everyone.

    Best wishes to you and your family for a peaceful and fulfilling new year. :)

  2. Giving kick starts the endorphins. I like the option of sharing your passions, what you are good at.

  3. I totally agree! I feel so much better when I give a gift rather than receiving one!!

  4. You are so inspiring (and absolutely practical). I love your tips about giving your best self. You are so right about individual gifts- we have them for a reason so we better use it!

  5. Happy New Year woman!!!
    I love giving gifts! Makes me happy...

  6. What great suggestions.

    So interesting about the brain activity and giving versus getting. Something to remember, for sure.

    A.Co @ A.Co est. 1984

  7. Love this post hun. And the Giving Tree is definitely one of he best books ever. Here's to a fabulous 2011! Hope you are well my dear.

    xx Love & Aloha

  8. I love this and totally agree. Giving is truly where it's at!

  9. what a true and honest post. i need to reed this book! thank you!

  10. i love giving, it makes me excited when people open it or even giving someone a compliment makes my day when i see a big grin on their face!