As we craft and execute our New Year’s resolutions, set new goals and strive to achieve more (the bigger house, the nicer car, make more money, take a nice vacation) it might be helpful to consider success in a whole new meaning. In giving, you may find untold riches.

“But I don’t have the money”… Give of your time. Find something you’re passionate about and give freely. Expect nothing in return. You’ll be surprised how the rewards come back to you.

Study the richest, the most famous, the most accomplished and successful individuals in history and it might surprise you to learn that each lives by this principle usually in a big way. This advice has been practiced for centuries and stands the test of time across all walks of life.

“Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside. Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.” — Og Mandino

“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

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38

Perhaps you’ll clip one of these quotes, make a habit of giving, and make 2014 your best year yet. Cheers!
Contributed by Heather Craaybeek


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