Giver's Gain

I host a Facebook group full of holistic entrepreneurs, and it’s a happy, positive place. In fact, considering the cesspool of negativity that Facebook can be, it’s hard to believe how smoothly this group runs, considering that it has almost 3,500 people in it.

This weekend I conducted an experiment. I decided to pick one person from the group and ask everyone to tune into that person at the same time, to send waves of positive energy their way.

This morning at 9:00 sharp, I wrote a post to the group, asking them to focus all of their positive intentions on the person I had chosen at random. For five minutes, I sat in front of my computer, imagining wonderful things happening for this stranger today. Although we’ve never met, I had her Facebook picture, so I envisioned her face beaming with joy as she received great news, as a perfect opportunity came her way, as she finally got something that she has been really wanting.

I’m planning on checking in tomorrow to see how her day went after the reception of these positive vibes from hundreds of people, all at once. But what was most interesting about this little experiment was how it affected ME.

I woke up on the wrong side of the bed today. I have a million things to do and I’m a little overwhelmed. My cat knocked over my lamp, jolting me out of a deep sleep. There seemed to be 500 tiny irritations nagging at me like emotional papercuts before I even made it to my first cup of coffee.

Nevertheless, I persisted with the experiment because I always try to do what I say I’m going to do.

As I sat in front of my computer, I attempted to clear my mind of all the clutter that had settled in. I forced myself to be happy, even though I definitely wasn’t feeling it at first.

After about a minute of making my brain visualize joyful images, I started to actually feel the emotion behind the thoughts. I began to feel the internal lift and elevated heartbeat you experience when someone gives you good news. I felt my chest open up and my brain buzz with energy. After five minutes had passed, I opened my eyes and realized that my own energy, motivation, and creativity had been sparked. I felt great!

It was a wonderful reminder that sending positive energy always replenishes the giver as much as the recipient.