If you have been following my posts, you are aware that October is Emotional Wellness Month. We are on Day 5 of 7 of the Emotional Wellness Challenge and we’ve been discussing 7 WAYS TO BOOST YOUR MOOD! If you like to review those posts you can read Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4 blogs by clicking on the link.
Before I get into my fifth tip, don’t forget about the giveaway I am offering to twenty individuals who follow and participate in my 7-Day Emotional Wellness Challenge from Sunday, October 11, 2020 through Saturday, October 17.
In conjunction with this #7DayChallenge, I am giving away 20 free kindle copies of my book, Thrive. To be eligible, you must follow along on each of my daily blog posts and participate in the 7-Day Emotional Wellness Challenge from Monday, October 11 – Sunday, October 17, 2020. To prove your participation, leave a comment on each daily blog about your experience and any results you may have noticed when implementing the tips offered on that day. The 20 participants will be notified on Monday, October 18.
It would help me out tremendously if you could reshare the blogs and my social media posts on your social media with family and friends that you especially think would learn or appreciate the information I’ve been discussing in this 7-Day Emotional Wellness Challenge.
Now let’s get to the Day 5 tip!
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With everything that is going on in the world, it’s very easy to get caught up in our own lives and just focus only our own issues. We get transfixed and maybe even a little self-absorbed with circumstances, the complications and complexities that brings with it. It’s really an easy mindset to fall into, unfortunately, we all do it. Often, we get trapped in this loop because we get fearful and our thinking spirals into focusing on scenarios where we lose.
However, when we stop and give to others it takes us outside of ourselves and it energizes us to see that our gift brings someone joy. This is how the Law of Sowing and Reaping works. It’s a spiritual and quantum physics principle that says when we give, we get back. This holds true for absolutely everything. In Acts 20:35, Scripture tells us, “It is more blessed [and brings greater joy] to give than receive.” (Amplified Version)
God has our best interest in mind. It’s hard to just explain, but even if gifts are not our love language, we all feel good when we give them and we all like to receive gifts too.
In our Christian culture we use the phrases like God Bless You, Be a blessing to others, and we even sign our letters with Blessings. I know we can say things out of habit but may not know the meaning of what we say. So lets break down what blessing means:
According to the Random House Webster’s College Dictionary’s the definition of blessing is :
Did you know that word “to bless” in hebrew is barak? The Hebrew verb barak means to kneel as seen in Genesis 24:11. However, it also means to show respect (usually translated as bless) as seen in Genesis 12:2. A related Hebrew word is berakhah meaning a gift or present. So in essence it means “To bring a gift to another while kneeling out of respect.” The extended meaning of this word is to do or give something of value to another. God “respects” us by providing for our needs and we in turn “respect” God by giving him of ourselves as his servants.
There is something to be said that is truly fulfilling when giving and/or helping others and seeing how your actions are making an impact on someone’s life for the better. That’s why people who assist those in need and give back to others tend to be happier. In addition, they also typically are confident and have a positive outlook on life. In one study, there was a team of sociologists who tracked 2000 people over a five-year period and found that those Americans who described themselves as “very happy” also volunteered at least 5.8 hours per month. Researchers also concluded that altruism might give a mental boost by providing them with a neurochemical sense of reward. Their studies have also found that those who help others release dopamine, a chemical messenger in the brain that can give us a feeling of happiness. In addition to boosting oxytocin and dopamine, helping others can also increase serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate mood.
In Luke 6:38 it says, “Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” Basically that means when we give it will be given to us in multiplied form. This is not necessarily financial yet it could be manifested in many forms. When we give, we are walking in faith that we believe we are able to give away beyond what we have ourselves. When we give, we acknowledge that we can get our needs met by a source other than ourselves.
When we bless others, we give away a gift. Blessing can be verbal or physical or an act of service. It is a form of gifting. So when we bless, we activate Acts 20:35 and Luke 6:38.
When we give, we align with the frequency of Heaven. God gave us his perfect son, Jesus, (John 3:16) when we give with a loving and generous intention, we align with the frequency of our Heavenly father and it blesses him and we connect with a joy that is unique.
What is your favorite way you like to give or bless others?