J for Joy of Giving

September 24, 2010

As a child, we all have experienced this wonderful feeling of receiving candies, chocolates and gifts from elders and friends.  Even now, a lot of happiness is associated with receiving our birthday gifts, howsoever we grow up in years! 

But the joy of giving something to someone who needs it is incomparable to that little flutter the joy of receiving something creates in our hearts.  You will agree with me, if you have indulged in this feeling sometime, am sure you have! 

So, J is for Joy of Giving

Make giving joy a tradition

India is celebrating Joy of Giving Week from 27 September to 03 October 2010. And I think the whole world is participating in some or the other way.

Giving something to a needy person is not about money alone.  Each one of us can contribute to this cause.  A few innovative ways were elaborated in our national daily (TOI) :
"We need this because giving is an eclectic function-let me count the ways. An artist can donate a painting, a student can use his pocket money to buy a pair of chappals for the flower-seller, a housewife can pay for her maid's child education. What better inspiration than young BPO executives whose parents are maids or drivers but who are still eager to donate Rs 50 to 100 a month from their salaries to a cause." 
I think apart from this, if we can lend a helping hand to the old woman who finds is difficult to cross the busy main road near our residential area, if we can lend an ear to the one who is lonely and looking for some kind soul to empathize with him or herand guide him out of his difficulties, if we can shower that little smile on a child who's learning to peddle a bicycle, it would be sweet! 

Together we can start a cycle of goodness, a cycle of spreading joy, a way of infecting people with our smile and spreading happiness all around.

So dear fellow bloggers let's join hands and write more and more about J for Joy of Giving!



NeoTheHack said...

Its easy writing these things, but the question is whether we actually extend our hands to say for example help an old woman cross the road ... i don't know..

NeoTheHack said...

...and would love to add that these are pretty Utopian views.. but never happen.

A Restless Mind With A Sensitive Heart! said...

@ NeotheHack - The 'We' consists of 'I's. The community consists of people like you and me. If I as an individual will try to help one person, it will have an effect on the whole community.

I do my bit, whenever I can, whatever little way. It's high time, we stop questioning others and start doing our bit.

Hope, you will also do the same dear!


A Restless Mind With A Sensitive Heart! said...

@ Neothehack - I don't know your age group or anything about you, but have you ever given a toy or a candy to a poor child and seen the twinkle in his eyes? If not, then you cannot understand what I am saying here.

well, all the best, try to see the world in a better light. Life is not that bad too!


NeoTheHack said...

well. i have done..and given too... but what i mean to say is...most of us.. just dont do.. but only say. And i am not questioning you.

Roger Owen Green said...

I'm not understanding Neo's point. It does not need to be a grand gesture for one to make life easier. I see it every day, when someone gives up a seat on the bus, or holds the door open, or just gives a smile. I suppose it does require a mild AWARENESS of those around you.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Gattina said...

What a nice interpretation of J and post !

Andy said...

Interesting blog!

mrsnesbitt said...

Welcome aboard the great ABC Wednesday where we extend the hands of friendship across the globe! I do hope you enjoy your visits and see what other people have posted - a great bunch of people.

ABC Team

Niket said...

I, intentionally or unintentionally am able to give atleast one person a good wide smile everyday! Joy of Giving it is, isn't it?

Rajesh said...

Yes. I do agree, there is a joy in giving.

A Restless Mind With A Sensitive Heart! said...

Neo, well, ok if u say so. But we got to do our bit and not think what others are not doing. thanks!

A Restless Mind With A Sensitive Heart! said...

ROG, welcome to this blog!

Yup, just a little sensitivity towards others is all we require today.


Hi! and thanks a ton! Glad u liked it!

A Restless Mind With A Sensitive Heart! said...

Andy - Hey! Thanks :)

denise - Hey! Yeah sure! Am enjoying writing for the contest. I visited a number of blogs with J posts, participating in the contest.... it was a fabulous experience.

Welcome again!


A Restless Mind With A Sensitive Heart! said...

Hey Niket, long time! Yeah you make by day too by writing really good comments! :)


Welcome!.... truely!


Girish said...

There's a joy in helping others for me!
I try to help old people, I simply adore kids and always encourage them. But doesn't lending a helping ear to somebody you barely know kind of dangerous? They could be bad and just toying with your kind heart! Think like that!

By the way, the new look for the blog is simply amazing :)

A Restless Mind With A Sensitive Heart! said...


Nice that you are so kind to people around you :)

Yeah, it can be dangerous.... but I think a person is seen through after a while.....mostly. Here, I would say, we need to be sensitive towards ppl around us, friends, colleagues etc, who may require us. But your point is valid.

Liked the new look?! thanks!! :))


Asmi Easwar said...

it made me remember what Koran says : Is not Charity the first duty of the pilgrim on the path to God...!

... True..very well written...

..and by the way... your new post on fairness, though i read in reader...., is not showing up in ur blog...

NeoTheHack said...

...and for all those who think i am cynical, by reading my earlier comments, let me clear the air. I am not. I just mentioned the same in a general sense. I do 'give' people, the and best i can do is to put a smile on others' lips. Smile is contagious or so i believe.

anyways, for those who are still wondering how to experience the Joy of Giving, here is a suggestion. There is this NGO called GOONJ and they are organising a Joy of Giving Week in 20 cities including Delhi, Mumbai and Chandigargh. This is on till October 2, to collect used items for the poorest of the poor. those interested can deliver their things to their nearest GOONJ centres. For more information regarding your nearest GOONJ Centre can be found in www.goonj.org or on 011-2697231.

Vee... said...

love the post. and more i loved is the way you responded to Neo's comment :) Great going!

A Restless Mind With A Sensitive Heart! said...


Thanks for sharing the words from Koran, it was enriching... in fact all the religions show one path of goodness.

Oh that post, needed some amendment, so removed from blog for the time being.


A Restless Mind With A Sensitive Heart! said...


At least I did not think like that.

Glad that u spread smile and happiness around u.

And thanks for the info on Goonj, I will also try to look for a centre new my place.


A Restless Mind With A Sensitive Heart! said...


You just spread smile :)


srinivasarao said...

The feeling of giving something to someone is amazing and I've experienced it a few times. During the Joy of Giving Week, I followed 7 days 7 gifts. Each day, I gifted something to someone.

Anonymous said...

Really interesting, thanks

A Restless Mind With A Sensitive Heart! said...

srinivasrao - wow, that's great!

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