The Joy of Giving


For many, the holiday season is a time to show their loved one’s appreciation by bringing them a gift.  Do we have to give only on special occasion?

I like to pay attention to the little details and try to make a difference.  I enjoy giving what really matters, and they don’t usually cost much.

The joy and beauty of giving reside in the simple things and here are a few of my quotes.

Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back, and reasons to stayThe Dali Lama

The meaning of life is to find your gift.  The purpose of life is to give it away. Pablo Picasso

To get the full value of joy, you must have someone to divide it with. Mark Twain



The wise man does not lay up his treasures.  The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.  Lao Tzu

The best things to do with the best things in life is to give them away.  Dorothy Day.

We make a living by what we get.  We make a life by what we give.  Winston S. Churchill


As we are ready to spend a fortune in buying gifts, remember this quote of Mother Theresa:  “It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving”.

Give your time

Give a Smile

Give a Hand

Give your undivided attention

Give Joy


  1. Oh I just love this. My boss was really sweet to us and gave everyone gifts, so I just had to go out and do the same for her. She actually cried, it was kind of awesome.

  2. It’s so easy to get caught up in the giving of “stuff” at this time of the year. That’s why my husband and I are committing to only working on our computers after the boys go to bed during the winter break while they are home.

  3. I agree. I love giving to others and I’ve always said that when I come into more, I give more. The holidays bring out the best in so many people and my prayer is that we not forget to give to those in need.

  4. Giving is so important and doing so without debt or without expecting something in return is something I hold a lot of pride in. This year we aren’t exchanging gifts but we are physically seeing each other and that’s the best part.

  5. These are great. I’d like to add a financial one from Dave Ramsey. If you live like no one else, then later you can live and GIVE like no one else.


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