Minakshi BangerEditorial Writer
Minakshi Banger, a resident of Chandigarh, is a student of English Honours. Her career vision is to provide affordable education to the marginalized communities in India. Writing is her passion as it gives her the power to bring changes in human ideology.
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” -Winston Churchill
It doesn’t matter who you are or what you have, anyone can give back. If you don’t have money, give your talents. If your talents won’t help, give your time. If you don’t have time, give your possessions. We all have something we can give. It’s easy to see how giving back is good for others. What’s surprising is that giving back is also good for you. Science shows that when you give, you become happier. Giving back activates the reward center of the brain. Chemicals get released and it creates a feeling of warmth. When you touch someone’s life, it inspires them to do the same.
The owner of drive-through coffee business in southwest Portland, Oregon, was surprised one morning to have one of her customers not only pay for her own coffee, but also for the coffee of the person in the car behind her. It put a smile on the owner’s face to tell the next customer her drink had already been paid for. The second customer was so surprised and blessed that someone else had purchased her coffee that she bought coffee for the next customer. As unbelievable as it seems, this string of kindness and generosity-one stranger paying for the coffee of the next customer-continued for two hours and twenty-seven customers.
Does that story inspire you? It inspires me and motivates me to be generous. Generosity is an incredible experience not only for the beneficiary of it. But it’s even more incredible when you are the initiator of it. Do you know why? Because, when we are generous, we are more like God. That’s why it feels so good whenever we do it. Whenever and wherever we are generous, it always feels good, always feels right, and rightly so. That’s the way generosity is. Generosity reflects the character of God.
“In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.”
— Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia