What if I told you that the hidden secret to growth and happiness wasn’t really about how much you receive?

When we contribute we always receive more than we give.

Surprisingly, contributing to others is a basic human need to experience true satisfaction and emotional health.

Contribution is a hidden secret of life.

Tony Robbins said, The secret to living is giving.”

We have a hidden need to serve, give, donate, volunteer, and contribute.  When we focus on something beyond ourselves, our own needs become secondary.


The other human needs are certainty, uncertainty, significance, and growth.


Contribution stands out as essential because it adds fulfillment to our soul. A fulfilled life is joyful, and cheerful people are more likely to contribute to others. We discovered that significance does not result from achieving success, sizeable houses, or luxury cars. Happiness is not achieved from what you get; and it comes from what you give.

Contributing and serving others carries its reward. Studies show that giving back boosts our happiness, health, and sense of well-being.

It’s simple, helping others make us feel good.

When we help others, our bodies release feel-good endorphins that create a natural “high” in our brain and fuel our emotional system. A helper’s high occurs when we perform good deeds or engage in acts of kindness.

Seth Godin said, “will we choose a life of ease or service and adventure?

Contribution Matters


Everyone has something to contribute to others. Recognizing our gifts and talents is complex, and we rarely see our value and worth. It is not unusual to overlook your genius because of certain skills that come easily to you.

We often minimize what we can do spontaneously, and we fail to recognize what we easily accomplish. This is a common weakness. For instance, a person with outstanding people skills often overlooks the value of that skill.

One person can make a difference.

Edward Everett Hale said, “I am only one, but still, I am one. I cannot do everything, but still, I can do something; because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.”

Every person adds value. Everyone can contribute.

I wish that all of you were as I am. But each of you has your own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that. (I Corinthians 7:7, NIV)


Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.  ( I Peter 4:10, NIV)

We can see that everyone has gifts and gifts are given to contribute to others. We are also commanded to steward our gifts and to use our gifts When we serve others we discover a treasure of life.

Ultimately, it’s not what you get that will make you happy long term, but rather who you become and what you contribute to others.” -Tony Robbins

When we contribute and support others and we develop a sense of purpose and meaning.

We can pay it all forward – a smile, a hello, a hug, and a helping hand.

Now it’s your little secret.

What will you do?

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