Giving is part of your greater self

A book on giving by Bill Clinton

How can we bring more joy to do people around us? This is a question you may ask yourself constantly or at least sometimes. And it's a tough one to answer, because everyone is different and not necessarily happy with your attitude. If we look around us, there are almost everywhere people, who live in pain (which has many forms), are desperate or need help of some kind. To continue and pretend that nothing is wrong would mean that we are satisfied with the current situation.

Clinton described an example of a 7-year-old child, who had leukemia and wanted to become a policeman. Real police officers provided the means, so that he can fly in helicopter, swear in as honorary officer and have an official uniform. The first child, supported by the "Make-a-wish" foundation, died soon after.

The company "Heifer International" does something uncommon, but inspiring—giving different types of animals to people in poor countries, so they can feed themselves through the products the animals produce. The only requirement for gift receivers is that they send their first newborn to other people in need. Clinton showed how such generosity, based on the pay-it-forward principle, helped reduce poverty in some villages and scaled accordingly.