What is the key to giving that energizes and fulfills us, rather than exhausts and
depletes us? asks Dr. Linda Harper, Ph.D. in her latest work,
‘Give: A Guide to Discovering the Joy of Everyday Giving.’
Daily life continually asks us to make choices about how to give—whether it is our attention, time, energy, talents, love, or even money—to others and to ourselves. Often, we juggle our attempts to meet our own needs and the demands of others. So the decisions we make about what, when, and how much to give, strongly impact the quality of our everyday lives. These choices can cause us stress, turmoil, guilt, exhaustion, and depletion—or they can bring us immeasurable joy, peace of mind, and fulfillment.
Linda R. Harper’s simple five-step guide will help you rediscover the joy in everyday giving using one question: What are my heart’s true desires at this very moment? ‘Give’ is not about giving more or giving less. It is about giving from your deepest self and trusting the natural wisdom of your heart’s desires. As you become the giver you were meant to be, you will deepen the meaning of your life through soulful, ordinary acts of giving—both to yourself and to others.
MEET THE AUTHOR
Dr. Linda Harper, Ph.D., has been a clinical psychologist for 29 years in private practice with her husband in Evergreen Park, Illinois. She is also the author of ‘The Tao of Eating: Feeding Your Soul through Everyday Experiences with Food’ (Innisfree Press,1998), ‘Eat: A Guide to Discovering Your Natural Relationship with Food’ (Blue Star Books, 2012), and ‘Give to Your Heart’s Content…Without Giving Yourself Away’ (Innisfree Press, 2002, and InnerOcean Publishing, 2004).
Dr. Harper is an international speaker and has given the keynote address at a variety of national conferences and volunteer recognition events across the United States and in Canada, Bali, Egypt and Paris, France. She gives workshops and lectures to a variety of non-profit institutions including hospitals, the Mayo Clinic, hospices, libraries, volunteer associations, animal shelters and humane societies, mother’s groups, churches, caregiver support groups and wellness centers. Dr. Harper has participated in many radio and television interviews, with her ideas and articles appearing in various magazines and newspapers throughout the country. She is also the founder of “Blessed Bonds,” (www.blessedbonds.com) an eight-year-old program belonging to Animals Deserving of Proper Treatment (A.D.O.P.T.) pet shelter in Naperville, Illinois.