ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

~Is the Act of "Giving" an Instinct?~

Updated on November 6, 2014
Tom Sawyer
Tom Sawyer | Source
The Bible discusses "Giving" many times.
The Bible discusses "Giving" many times. | Source
Availabe in paperback and world wide on the internet.
Availabe in paperback and world wide on the internet. | Source

"Giving" and the Mystical Force

Note: The "Mystical Force" may be interpreted to mean that instincts are given to us by God.

We've discovered that giving to others sacrifices our own resources for the benefit of others. The unsaid message that accompanies any gift is, "I care about you, or I love you." Whether the gift is to a loved one or to a complete stranger, the message derives from the Mystical Force and more aptly says, "I want you to survive.”

Whether the gift is the simple courtesy of opening a door for another person or sponsoring a Christmas drive for the poor and needy, it recognizes that we are all sharing this world together and the survival and well-being of any other person is important to us.

In a real sense, all humans are distant relatives. The survival of any person is more likely to help us than to hurt us. Giving, loving and caring are deepest for other humans and only slightly less for animals and plants.

We are compelled to be "Givers."

The Mystical Force which causes us to be givers is so strong that we are compelled to give without really understanding it. Much like the birds migrating southward in the fall for a warmer climate, we become givers without ever questioning the good feeling that accompanies giving.

Birds fly unquestioningly south because of the instinctive force of survival, and we are compelled to give for exactly the same reason.

This results in much giving without expectation of a reward. Food, for example, might be given to stricken families without any thought of reward. Libraries are filled with books donated by givers who would never expect to meet the patrons. However, since the instinct is so strong and the giving spirit so prevalent, most everyone will become the beneficiary of a giver at one time or another.

Controlled "Giving" will Bring Rewards

Giving may or may not be accompanied by expectations of eventual reward. If a reward is expected, it very likely is because the situation is controlled. The giver might know the taker and create an understanding that the taker will be expected to reciprocate whenever an opportunity exists.

Since everyone is involved in the act of giving, it would be understood that "I’ve directed my giving toward you, and eventually I expect you to direct your same instincts toward me."

Whether or not this actually happens is unimportant, but gifts often do communicate these understandings.

Controlled "Giving" is Meaningful

It is a matter of survival that everyone controls his giving in order to assure that he will have a harvest to reap. If an individual simply gave away everything because he was overcome with the spirit of giving, he would find himself without food, shelter and clothing one day.

I would not suggest that all gifts be a calculated effort on the part of a giver, but that we should be aware of the deeper reasons which motivate us to give. Calculating, however, is important for any person who wants to obtain wealth.

Would a farmer plant his seeds upon someone else's property and then wonder why he had no harvest to reap? Would I write this book and then fail to copyright it so that I could obtain the royalties?

Would you work at your job all week and then give your paycheck to the first person you met on the street? Certainly not. Our giving efforts must be controlled so that we are allowed to reap the harvest.


This article taken from Born to Be Rich.

◊Paperback Born to be Rich.

◊Amazon Born to be Rich.

Discover the Wealth that has always Belonged to you


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Reynold Jay profile imageAUTHOR

      Reynold Jay 

      8 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Yes, good point and I do note that some older persons tend to give more than they can really afford.

    • jtrader profile image


      8 years ago

      I agree that giving is a natural instinct. It seems that it becomes suppressed as we get older. We have to be reasonable with our giving. Some persons will try to take advantage of us if we give to them too often.

    • profile image

      reynold jay 

      9 years ago

      I bet I'd love your pampered cat! Merry Christmas! Let's hope things improve soon.

    • Gypsy Rose Lee profile image

      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      9 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      I've always thought it better to give than to recieve. Of course within reason and right now I am only able to give my signature for petitions to help those less fortunate. This year my husband and I decided to hope for better times in the New Year and so we are not exchanging gifts but giving love and understanding to one another and ourwonderful cat Sid whose always on the recieving end of the chain considering love, comfort and food. Hope you and your family have great holidays.

    • profile image

      reynold jay 

      9 years ago

      Ho Sue. Thank you for the comment during the giving season. Merry Christmas.

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      Hi RJ

      There is so many ways that we can give to each other but of course we need to take care of our own needs first.

      Merry Christmas!

    • profile image

      reynold jay 

      9 years ago

      And Merry Christmas, Christopher.

    • christopheranton profile image

      Christopher Antony Meade 

      9 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      I am glad that the instinct to give is so strong with everybody. It has got me out of many a hole over the years. I just hope that it will be sufficient with me, in the future, to repay the compliment to those less fortunate, when I can.

      Have a great Christmas Reynold.

    • Reynold Jay profile imageAUTHOR

      Reynold Jay 

      9 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      We all need help at one time or another. Thanks for stopping by. RJ

    • dahoglund profile image

      Don A. Hoglund 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      No man is an island. If we see that we are intertwined in humanity we might find that supporting one another is a necessity.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)