Giving is very much receiving in many cases. To be clear, it does depend on the certain situation. It also depends on the reasons for why someone has the inclination to give of something. But it seems like in many instances in our society, giving to other people tends to be a gift for the supplier as well. This is because once we provide our services, we have the knowledge that we may have made other people’s lives better. And that can be a true comfort. Admittedly, there are many times in which the act of giving can be a painful experience, but that only tends to be temporary in nature and doesn’t fully affect us in a bad way. In fact, pain can promote the release of splendid endorphins for our wellbeing under the right factors. It can be frightening at first to do something for the benefit of others, such as volunteering in the community, but when we continue to develop our tolerance for such action, it can be an ultimately rewarding experience. Of course, much of this depends on our definitions of “giving” and “receiving”. In most cases, though, these terms can shed new light on varying points of view.
I often consider some of the ramifications that come with giving or receiving criticism. I believe that when either giving or receiving criticism, some constructive criticism can truly be helpful at times. For instance, when someone is critiquing (in a constructive way) the work of someone else, such as how that person cooperates with others or performs under pressure, the person being critiqued can utilize advice to her/his benefit. In that case, she/he can attempt to improve skills and strive for even further success. In some cases, though, people can be too harsh in giving criticism. That can definitely lead to some damage and volatile behavior on the part of the receiver, depending on the situation. However, it can go both ways; people receiving criticism can end up twisting it into something negative when in fact it was meant to be truly encouraging. In my opinion, this is where good judgment is useful. It always helps to see all sides of the story (even if one’s point of view isn’t quite as well-meaning as we would like). In that respect, we end up wiser and cognizant of the many different perspectives in a situation.