This quote by Swami Vivekananda puts it very well…
If you are simply being selfish, you are doomed to death in the end. All people are selfish. Wisdom and love for life, are the difference. Wise people know that caring about others happiness intentionally – when you put others needs above your own, is the key to their own happiness, and happiness is the key to life. Therefore, they consciously choose to care for others and put others needs and desires above their own. And in this, they get what they actually want – happiness, security, peace, stability, respect, love.
Love is a binding force. It travels great distances, faster than light and darkness, doesn’t care at all about any obstacles in its way, transcends through time, knows no limits and just is.
The more love you give people, the more love you will get in return… It’s just the system is rigged to always pay back with interest. If you sow winds, you will reap storms.
Just be wise and sow and reap love. And you can do this by simply helping others achieve this, which makes them happy. Start with your own close friends and family. Give some generous donation to the beggar in your neighborhood. Love is an ever-expanding force, so in time, your influence will grow and you will be able to affect more people, and be of greater service and help to your fellow human beings. This will result in strong social bonds of respect, love, and gratitude forming around you, making your life more secure and stable.
What about scientific evidence? What will the guys in white lab coats say about all of this? Is it really possible that giving others is hardwired in the brain to give us a boost of pleasure?
The resounding answer is yes. Scientific research provides compelling data to support the anecdotal evidence that giving is a powerful pathway to personal growth and lasting happiness. Through fMRI technology, we now know that giving activates the same parts of the brain that are stimulated by food and sex. Experiments show evidence that altruism is hardwired in the brain—and it’s pleasurable. Helping others may just be the secret to living a life that is not only happier but also healthier, wealthier, more productive, and meaningful.
This wonderful article on Times.com further gives some useful advice on how to contribute without being abused by evil people and gives some more evidence that the old saying that “Giving is Better than Receiving” is actually true.
Read on and be happy.