Have you ever achieved a major accomplishment, looked around and thought, “Is this all there is?” When you look back on your life, does it seem like you have accomplished a lot, but you still don’t feel completely fulfilled? On paper, you can have everything you thought you wanted from life: a thriving career, an incredible family and peak physical health, and still feel like something’s missing.
That’s because you haven’t accomplished one of the six essential human needs: contribution. You need to give back.
The need to contribute to something larger than ourselves is hardwired into every human being. It gives meaning to life, feeds your soul and lifts your spirits. It helps you to be grateful for everything you have. It gives you significance.
Contribution stems from growth, another of the essential human needs. If you’re not making progress in your life, of course you won’t feel fulfilled – you’ll be stagnant. You’re only truly living if you’re growing. But what is the end goal of all that growth?
As Tony says, “The secret to living is giving.” We grow so we can eventually give. Whether you’re giving back to your loved ones, the community or society, you’ll only find true fulfillment when you start to look outside of your own needs.
If your goals only serve you, then achieving major milestones in your life will only bring fleeting happiness. But if your goals aim to benefit something larger than yourself, you’ll eventually be able to find a true sense of joy. When you’re giving back to the community or to the world at large, you’ll start to realize that you don’t need to be praised by others. You’ll witness firsthand the positive impact you’re making. And you’ll find that positive impact creates a ripple effect. Just like how the people you surround yourself with affect your life, creating positivity will only bring you more positivity.
The emotional scarcity you feel will end once you begin to give. That’s not to say you won’t still encounter stressful times, but once you make the psychological, emotional and spiritual shift that comes with being someone who gives back, you’ll feel more grounded in all aspects of your life. You don’t need to be wildly successful to start contributing – every small bit counts. Whether you give someone on the street a hot meal or a few dollars or are able to contribute on a larger scale, giving back to society will give you a sense of fulfillment you just can’t get anywhere else.
The foundation of giving back
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You don’t need to be wealthy or work in a high-powered job to make a difference in the world. There’s a multitude of ways you can give back to your community. Here are a few simple, yet effectual, options to begin making your contribution.
Tony is no stranger to hardship – it’s what inspired him to support Feeding America, a nonprofit that aims to alleviate hunger insecurities across the nation. More than 40 million people in America struggle with hunger. Read about Tony’s contributions and how you can make an impact.
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Discover ways you can make a positive impact in your community. Learn more about the organizations Tony supports.