Today’s giving: Taught another engineering class to the 4th graders, held a Destination Imagination meeting tonight, and snuck a grocery store trip for my wife.
You won’t read this if you’re crabby.
When we’re in a bad mood we don’t feel like giving. (And I’m not going to insult your intelligence by saying that giving your time will make you start singing John Denver songs.)
Our emotions, and how we regulate our emotions, are critical in how generous or stingy we are with our time. This is fairly obvious.
But it is my belief that when giving our time, we can better control our anger.
I experienced this first hand this morning. I was crabby. But, per this challenge, I knew I needed to give something. As I thought about giving, the bad mood lightened, eventually passing as I focused on what someone else needed. I didn’t stay angry for long.
And no, I wasn’t singing any John Denver songs afterwards.
Fantastic blog- so great to know there is someone out there undertaking a similar year-long challenge! And you’re absolutely right, nothing cures a bad mood like trying to make someone else happy. Keep up the great giving!
Thank you! It’s been quite a year so far.