We’ve all given gifts and received gifts. At this point in your life, which act is more gratifying? Have you felt giddy anticipation watching someone else unwrap their presents?
The joy of giving is nicknamed “the giver’s glow.” Research in the field of neuroscience suggests that this act triggers a reaction that releases dopamine and oxytocin, which sparks this sense of joy.
Being generous makes us feel good, and when we feel good, we make those around us feel better, too. And generosity is more than giving gifts. It's finding opportunities to be generous with our time and support that gives us purpose, counters depression and contributes to life satisfaction — acts such as nurturing, validating and mentoring others.
During this season of "ringing out the old and bringing in the new," I invite you to consider, how can I make it a practice to be more generous at work throughout the year? As Mr. Whittier wrote, "the joy you give to others is the joy that comes back to you."