In our lives today, we tend to get wrapped up in the busy-ness, rushing around with all the work, activities, meetings, shopping, and taking care of all the household tasks.

Rather than the materialistic perspective, we should be taking some time to take stock of our lives, to feel the gratitude for all the blessings we have in our lives. No matter what your circumstances are, there are always things you can be grateful for in your life. Appreciation is a way of giving thanks to our higher Source.

The Law of Giving is one of the fundamental laws of the Universe.

What most people may not realize is that giving is a cycle. In order to give, you must receive. And in order to receive, you must also give (although few of us are taught to receive very well).
If someone gives you a compliment like, “I love your new haircut”, do you shrug it off or try to dismiss it because you get embarrassed by the attention.  “Oh, I can’t stand my hair, it‘s never how I like it.” Or sometimes we feel obligated to return the compliment.

That would be ok if we meant it… but do we really?

Giving is something that needs to come from the heart. When you do, you do not have any sort of expectation. You give for the pleasure of giving and making someone else happy.

My daughter recently asked me what was the best Christmas memory I had. I thought about it for a while and then told her it was when I’d given my daughters their handmade quilts.

With squares cut from their baby clothes, I worked on making these quilts off and on all year and my daughters even helped with a part of it. I stayed up late several nights to get the quilts done after the girls had gone to bed so they wouldn’t see them.

Considering I had never made a quilt before in my life, these were definitely labors of love! My daughters’ eyes glowed when they opened those quilts. Even though they got plenty of toys, those quilts were their favorite presents that year. To this day, they both still sleep with “mommy’s quilt”.

The best presents are the ones that come from the heart. We assume it needs to be material objects but there’s so much more; our love, or a hug. Telling someone how much they mean to you in a nice letter or card, or giving someone your encouragement. Think about this as the holidays approach.

What has been the best present you’ve ever given or received, and why? And what can you give this year that will make a difference with those you love?

Karin Volo

Karin Volo

Karin is an expert in personal development and is known as a Dream Life Mentor. She is also the transformational author of the Bringing Joy series. Karin’s passion is helping people better their lives by inspiring and teaching others to thrive through tough times and create their dream lives. To find out more check out Karin's website,

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