The Act of Giving Has Many Rewards
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” so says the popular song. But, take a look at the people around you and while you’re at it take a close look at yourself. How are people really feeling? Most likely, stressed!
The holiday season is a wonderful time of the year, but as we all know, it’s not all cookies and egg nog. A lot of stress joins the festivities as well. No need to belabor the point and list the various sources of stress; instead let’s focus on a way to combat the stress.
Give. It’s that simple. No, it may not wash away all of your stress, but giving to others has been scientifically proven to cause positive physiological changes in our bodies. It may seem counterintuitive to carve out time and/money from already scarce resources, but it is well worth the reward. You get to witness the positive effect you have on another person and often the act of giving helps you put your own challenges and blessings into perspective.
As long as you’re giving, you may as well get the most out of it. Here are some tips to maximize the positive effects of giving:
- Just like Pinocchio, there should be no strings attached. When you give in order to get something tangible in return, you limit the positive physical and emotional changes that take place in your body. Give simply and purely for the sake of giving to others.
- It may feel amazing to give a hugely generous donation to a worthy cause, but if a large donation means that it will be a one time gift, you might want to reconsider. Giving smaller donations on a regular basis will allow you to experience the giving high more often. Of course this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t help a cause that is need of big money right now when you are capable of such a donation.
- Give when you know where your money is going. When causes are transparent about how donations are used, people tend to give more and feel better about their donations.
I am happy to be in a position that allows my wife, Melissa, and I to give on a regular basis. We are active supporters of numerous charities, but one which is especially close to our hearts is the Make a Wish Foundation. We are both active supporters, but I am especially proud of the time and hard work Melissa puts in.
This past Sunday, I was privileged enough to be invited to the Suffolk County Make- A- Wish Holiday Party. I stood to the side of the dance floor taking in all of the excitement in the room. With close to 400 people in attendance the children got to enjoy some of their favorite people such as Mickey Mouse, Buzz Lightyear, and Santa Clause. The DJ was playing Holiday Classics for the parents, to the current top 30 for the younger adults. I am so blessed to be the father to a beautiful daughter inside and out. The wish kids had a great time dancing and playing with their brothers, sisters, relatives and some of the volunteer children like my daughter, Lilyanna. For a moment the wheel chairs & oxygen tanks didn’t exist & the joy overcame all.
At National Business Capital, we account for 98% of all the Chinese Auction toy raffles for the children. Combined with the employees we raise a little more than $5,000. My wife Melissa, Operations director, Kim, and Office Manager, Nicole put in a tremendous about of time and work shopping for the gifts. We then host a Holiday pizza and gift wrapping party at National Business Capital where we wrap all the wish raffle toys. We really have a great time and enjoy it each year.
As the weather is getting cold National Business Capital wanted to help the less fortunate. We are currently donating 150 hooded sweatshirts to homeless shelters locally to National Business Capital headquarters in Suffolk County, Long Island.
As one year comes to a close and a new one is set to begin, it is a great time to take a close look at our lives and count our blessings. I am thankful for all of the wonderful people in my life who support me on a daily basis and help me create this life I live. I’m grateful that this life allows me to give to others with no strings attached and sincerely look forward to happiness I can help spread.
• The Make-A-Wish Foundation® grants wishes to children with life-threatening
medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
• The Make-A-Wish Foundation® is 100% privately funded, relying entirely on the
support of the local community.
• We grant an average of 120 wishes each year.
• 85% of every dollar spent goes directly toward granting wishes.
• The average cost of a wish is $7,500.
• We are a volunteer driven organization with only 7 staff members and over 200 volunteers.
James Webster (CEO of National Business Capital) & his wife Melissa are very involved
with Make-A-Wish. To learn more about our involvement or to help James & Melissa
grant even more wishes, please visit: