This book by Adam Grant has been a formative one for me. I’ve purchased multiple copies to give away to friends. The basic premise is that there there are three types of people in the world: givers, takers, and matchers. Our default is usually to be a matcher, meaning that if someone does something for us, we feel obligated to reciprocate. In other words: you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours. Takers, of course, are folks who take without concern of how it affects others. They’re looking out for number one. That leaves givers. Grant argues, using science, why it is best for our lives, careers, and well-being to be a giver – to give without expectation of anything in return. While this is not explicitly a spiritual resource, I believe generosity in all forms is a spiritual practice. Being a giver helps you have a deep connection with others and something that is bigger than yourself.
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