What Is Sharing? The Happiness, Motives and Incentives

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“In a society where resources far exceed need, most of us have never fought, struggled, clawed or suffered to meet our needs.
Does that mean that we don’t know when we have enough – and it’s time to start sharing?
‘Sharing’ can begin simply when we have stopped ‘wanting.’
Sharing is not a means to CREATE happiness or to fulfil a sense of duty. It is a statement that we ARE finally happy. A time that we are willing to give.
So possibly the best question to find out if we are really happy might not be ‘Have I got enough of what I had been wanting?’ but ‘Have I got enough to start sharing?'”  ~ Vijayraj Kamat (edited)
However, nothing is ever simple. We all know those that are happy enough to start sharing yet don’t. In turn, some of those that live in misery share the most. Even each person’s definition of sharing is unique.
Why?
Sometimes it can depend on the type of sharing and how much “worth” it represents to the giver. For someone who is extremely wealthy sharing their money for needy causes is sometimes more to do with their quest for a positive image rather than any sign of happiness or desire to help.
In turn, a person who is personally facing a lot of difficulty and pain in their life is probably not happy but may still share.
People may share because they are hoping that the positive Karma will somehow help them in their life. Or possibly it was just ingrained in them as children growing up. Lastly, maybe it offers them an opportunity to be with people, and that in itself meets a need of their own.
Do all of these questions mean that sharing is suddenly all about doom and gloom? Most certainly not.
The reality of sharing is that it is also receiving. So if you share something that may often or usually benefit you in thought, understanding, growth, life, or otherwise. There’s nothing wrong with that, it’s life, so be grateful and use it as you need to.
But overall, let’s just be clear and open about the motives, reasons, and agendas, behind sharing. Givers don’t need to be ashamed of the benefits that sharing grants them. We’re all human and imperfect. And recipients should grab what they need and run.
Then, afterwards, when they’re ready recipients can ask themselves if they are able or have enough to start sharing. It all works out in the end.

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