Is It Better To Give Than Receive

By | March 13, 2016

Is it better to give than receive? What is your opinion on this?

When I was growing up I can remember many times when my mother would always help someoneis it better to give than receive who needed it. Now i’m not talking about giving someone money just because they ask for it.

I’m talking about the elderly lady who was having a hard time carrying her groceries to her car. So my mom would just go help her. Or the lady who couldn’t find her car keys and my mom would help her, even if we all went back in the store to find them.

My father who owned a salvage yard and was a mechanic was driving one time when he saw a car that was broken down on the side of the road. He stopped and found out that it was a young couple that were newly married and they didn’t know what they were going to do, as they didn’t have much money.

My father felt they really needed help so he came home, got them the part for their car and then took it back to them and put it on their car. They offered what money they had and would pay him the rest at a later time. My father said no, don’t worry about it.

It was from experiences like these that I learned what giving was all about. Helping people became the normal thing to do.

Now, I’m not talking about letting people walk all over you. There are always people that just take and take and never seem to give back.

I’m talking about helping someone who needs it and doing it for that wonderful feeling you get knowing you just made a difference in someones life.

Now the laws of the universe tell us that we can never receive more than we give. Of course I have seen where that may not appear true, where someone has come into money and that person does not give, but only takes.

However, if you watch what happens. it is not very long before something happens and that person loses it all.

So is it better to give than receive? I think it is, as when you give, you always get back. Chances are it will not be from the same source you helped, but pay attention, cause it will happen.

It is important to remember that you must never expect anything back. You must give for the pure joy of giving.

Imagine what the world would be like if everyone just gave because they wanted to.  I see too many people in the world today always expecting something in return.

How hard is it to help someone with what they need, when the only cost is your time?

I have helped many and will continue to do so. I always think about if I was in their shoes, I would want someone to help me and I would be grateful for the help.

So is it better to give than receive? You decide. But don’t wait till you are the person that needs the help before you decide.


6 thoughts on “Is It Better To Give Than Receive

  1. Evelyn

    I really enjoyed reading your article. I feel that it is better to give than receive. We all at some point in our lives will need help, while other times we may be the helper. The world is not always about me, it’s about us. We live here on earth together whether we like it or not. Just by being courteous like your parents are sure makes the world a brighter place. Giving is an act that we should do when we meet people in need, it should be a natural instinct. Thanks for sharing and reminding what we should do as humans.

    1. Gloria Post author

      Hi Evelyn,
      Thanks for the comment. I don’t have much to add as you have pretty much nailed it on the head. I just wish more people in the world would realize this before they need someones help, and there is no one there.

  2. Maria

    You present a good argument for why it’s better to give than to receive. I think the danger is when people expect something in return and then they start to get bitter about it. The only exception I would give is a job. You are not entitle to give and give in a job and never receive anything – that’s not fair and rather is more like being taken advantage of. But as far as the examples you gave where you help someone out of kindness and simply because they are in need and you are in a position to help them, giving is a good thing. Thank you for this article and wonderful site. Maria

    1. Gloria

      Hi Maria,

      Thanks for leaving a comment. Yes, I am talking about situations where you have a chance to help someone out of the kindness of your heart. I think the world would be a better place if we all did this.

  3. Nathan

    Great post – thanks for sharing.

    If i was asked the question is it better to give or receive I would automatically answer give – but probably without really thinking about why.

    I like how you have distinguished between giving and being walked over. There is definitely a big difference and I think that insecure people are worried about giving too much for this exact fear of becoming a door mat.

    I think it’s also hard for people, and again normally people who are insecure, to give without expecting something in return.

    1. Gloria

      Hi Nathan,

      Thanks for your comment. You have some great thoughts on this. I totally agree with you.

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