It’s true! Giving leads to abundance!

This past week, a really touching picture went viral.

Officer DePrimo from the NYPD noticed that this homeless man didn’t have any shoes. It was freezing cold outside and he noticed the man had blisters on his feet. Instead of ignoring it and moving on, he did something about it. Officer DePrimo went into a Sketcher’s store near by and bought a pair of boots for this man. When the man realized the boots were for him, his face lit up.

It’s not too often when you see people go out of their way to make someone’s day. Yet, when it happens it is inspiring and warms people’s hearts.

Why don’t we do more of this?

One of the biggest reasons is the idea of “not enough.”

I’ve definitely suffered from this idea of “not enough.” I would tell myself, “I don’t have enough money.” “I don’t have enough time.”

You know, this thought pattern really kept me quite small.

The idea itself of not enough is really a form of lack or scarcity.

I was living my life from a place of scarcity. I ended up holding things tightly. The more I held on, the more closed off I would be.

It wasn’t until someone told me that giving leads to abundance did a light bulb go off in my head and start to shift my thinking.

The idea of giving leading to abundance was a bit counter intuitive for me at first. Because when I gave something away, I immediately felt like I was losing something. Crazy right? You can hear how living in the idea of “not enough” kept me thinking about what I didn’t have.

But the thing is, I kept on trying. I kept on giving. Overtime, I started to retrain my mind to relate giving to abundance. Of course, I still slip up, but this is a life long process and I’m willing to put in the effort.

So why does giving lead to abundance? Because when you give, you are telling the universe thank you for what you already have. You are operating on a different level. You realize that what you have is enough and you don’t need more. You aren’t focusing on what you don’t have and end up focusing on what you do have.

You know, one of my personal idols is Warren Buffet. I’m not really into investing and don’t really have any interest in the stock markets at all. But I love Warren Buffet. I love him because despite his wealth, he still lives a simple life. He lives in the same house he’s had since the 50s and drove his trusty car for years. Instead of spending money on fancy new things, he is giving his wealth to charity – pledging to donate all of his fortune to charity when he dies. He’s not dwelling about stuff he doesn’t have. He could careless about those material things. Because of this, he is able to focus on what’s most important to him.

And you don’t have to be super wealthy either to give. Officer DePrimo showed us that anyone can give back and make someone’s day. He told the NY Times that he keeps the receipt for the boots in his vest to remind him “that sometimes people have it worse.” Officer DePrimo wasn’t thinking about what other things he could do with the $75 he spent, he was thinking about the poor man on the street with bare feet in the freezing cold weather. And he was happy he could help. He didn’t need anything else.


Inspiring quotes:

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” – Mother Teresa

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

“Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others.” – Brian Tracy

“Generosity is not giving me that which I need that you do, but it is giving me that which you need more that I do.” – Kahlil Gibran


This week…Practice giving and making someone’s day.

Try doing something to make their day. It can be anything.

You can buy a stranger a cup of coffee. You can spend time with your elderly grandparents. Anything and everything counts.

When you give, your heart fills up with love.

So keep on giving and sharing your love!

And let us know what you did this week by leaving a comment below!

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Thank you for being you and taking action in your life and bringing more JOY to this world. I am truly grateful for YOU!

with peace, love, and joy!

About the JOY Coach

Minling Chuang

Minling is the founder of {the JOY depot} and is on a mission to help new entrepreneurs start their dream business. She spent many years working on branding strategies for top brands like Lean Cuisine & Nestle Toll House and launching multimillion dollar products. Now Minling's passion is to help people create profitable businesses they love! She is also a Kundalini Yoga teacher in Venice, CA. Like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter. And if you want to start your own business, book a clarity session with Minling.

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