Want Your Finances to Rock in 2016?
You know, the kinda year that when you look back you can’t believe how great it actually was. What if part of making this happen had to do with building up your generosity and gratitude muscles? I know you know that exercise is crucial for your health – maybe you’re even making working out part of your new year’s resolutions. Have you considered how important gratitude and giving are to your wealth?
Giving More Is Good For You!
I know it may sound counter-intuitive to give more as a way to build prosperity, but some studies on giving have shown that people who give more actually make more money. Gratitude can not only make you happier but is a fabulous stress reducer and may positively affect your heart and even positively impact those around you. You can’t make good money decisions if you are freaked out, so reducing your money anxiety is super-important.
Whether the way you give is by writing a check or dropping money in a collection bucket, or by sharing your time and energy, now is the time to contribute.
Increase the Velocity of your Generosity
How about showing your gratitude by doing something unexpected for someone else?
An act of kindness can be as simple as:
a smile to someone in the elevator
an offer to bring dinner to an elderly neighbor
helping a friend who is ill by walking their dog
baking cookies and taking them to the police station or fire station
stopping at your local post office in December to pick one of the letters to Santa they get every year. Buy and deliver the gift on Christmas.
leaving your change in the newspaper or soda machine for the next person
stopping to let people cross the street in busy traffic
leaving a close-in parking place for someone else
For more ideas on how to make things better, even when the world feels crazy, scary and out of control, check this out.
Wondering how much can you give? Well, here’s an interesting site to figure out how your income ranks compared to everyone in the world. You are likely to feel more grateful just by doing this.
Keep Calm and Prosper On!
When you focus on family, friends, good health and other gifts that have come your way, it puts temporary difficulties in prospective. Stress floats away and you feel calm. Try it. Take a few minutes now to silently list 5 things you are grateful for in your life. How do you feel? Better? Calmer? Remember, what you appreciate, appreciates.