Food for Thought: A New Years Resolution

While considering new year's resolutions, I stumbled across a post from my nutritionist team, Working Against Gravity, that I really aligned with and have adopted for UB.

Let’s strive to be givers.

Whether lending a helping hand or telling someone they look nice, giving to others doesn’t only help the world around us, but it’s good for us too. Here’s why:

  • Feels good
    Plain and simple. When we feel needed and make others feel needed our body releases endorphins, which also helps to lower our stress levels, blood pressure and anxiety.

  • Fosters a sense of community
    Belonging, social connection and understanding give our lives more purpose and fulfillment.

  • Cultivates gratitude
    When we recognize all that we have and all that we have to give we become aware and thankful for the opportunities, love and people in our lives.

  • Positively impacts self-esteem
    Knowing that we are making a valuable contribution to the world and the lives of those around us helps us grow confidently into the people we strive to be.

  • Teaches us valuable life lessons
    Having a giving mindset makes us act on the golden rule: treat others the way you’d like to be treated. This helps us become assets to any team, while successfully building strong and loving relationships.

When we choose to be givers we experience these joys and satisfactions in life, and we enable those around us to do the same.

As Maria Popova from Brain Pickings wrote, “Be generous. Be generous with your time and your resources and with giving credit and, especially, with your words. It’s so much easier to be a critic than a celebrator. Always remember there is a human being on the other end of every exchange and behind every cultural artifact being critiqued. To understand and be understood, those are among life’s greatest gifts, and every interaction is an opportunity to exchange them.”

So, this month, our goal is to be intentional givers.

At the end of each day we want to have a proud answer to the question, “What did I give to the world today?”

You may be surprised at just how much you have to offer, as the list is endless. Below are a few ideas to help you get started:

  • Time
    It’s perhaps your most precious and valuable resource. Time is a meaningful gift that you know you can never get back. Think of volunteering somewhere like a nursing home or soup kitchen, or just visiting an old friend who you know could use a good laugh or hug.

  • Love
    Whether it be a simple compliment, a handwritten note or a smile at a stranger, giving and receiving love has an incredibly powerful impact on our lives.

  • Knowledge
    Good quality and meaningful professional, relationship and friendship advice is invaluable. Value your opinion and all of the skills and lessons you’ve learned and don’t keep them to yourself.

  • Possessions & gifts
    Donate used items that no longer serve a purpose such as old clothes, kitchen goods and sporting goods. Or give financial aid to causes you believe in and want to support, even if it means making some sacrifices.

  • Talents
    Each of us are experts in different fields. Someone good at finances may completely lack social skills, and vice versa. Sharing your talents with friends, family and strangers is one way to maximize them and give back to the world.

At UB, we plan on being intentional givers by helping the Westside Athletes Association meet their 12K goal before their United for Youth - Fight Gone Bad competition at UB(Feb 11th)