Three types of people
In his book Give and Take, Adam Grant refers to a variety of research and ideas to help people succeed and build relationships. According to Grant there are three types of people - the taker, the matcher and the giver. Simply, they are:
Another way of looking at giving is by :
How do you tell what type of giving you are doing?
Simple - identify why you are giving!
It took me a while to really understand the different types of giving and why I was giving. However, once I started to reflect and understand why I was giving and how I was feeling when I gave, I started to adjust my thoughts and behaviours accordingly. I am also practising to give and not tell anybody about it (which is lots of fun and something I learnt from Mother Theresa). Another thing I have learnt is - if you feel as though you have lost something through giving, then that is not truly giving.
"The most important thing about giving
The simplest way to practice giving is any time you come in to contact with someone, give them something. How, you might ask? There are many ways to give and giving doesn't have to cost money. Some examples of giving that do not cost money include giving
The Gift of Receiving
If you are anything like me, receiving can feel uncomfortable. However, every giver needs a receiver. There are many ways we can open up to receive each day. Some of the ways you receive the gifts of nature include:
Other things we can receive include
What other things can you receive?
If you want...
If you have been reading my journal for a while, you will know I love quotes. One of the quotes that resonates with me around giving is by Zig Ziglar. He has been quoted as saying - “You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.” So...
Over to you...
As you are going through your day today, ask yourself "What can you give to other people?" As you do this, observe what gifts you receive.
We all have a role to play in community health, the only question is how do we play this role? Through intelligent, evidence-based inquiry we can understand how to health coach to support others in taking on positive behaviour change.