Thrive in Life: Give to Others and Get More Than You Can Imagine

Thrive in Life: Give to Others and Get More Than You Can Imagine


The last week’s #ThriveOCourse with Arianna Huffington was about taking the connections we are making even further by giving back to others. There are so many ways to give. We can give of our time, our skills, our talents, and our money.

Let’s face it, we see and hear too much negative publicity around us. I refrain from watching the news because I choose to focus on the good out there. Some TV stations now have good news segments yet I wish there were a TV news channel dedicated ONLY to positivity. Paying it forward is one such way we transform everything and everyone around us. Click To Tweet I love paying it forward, don’t you? Doesn’t it just make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside? I used to start or continue the practice of paying for the order behind me when I used to visit Starbucks. I like doing things for other people without them knowing who helped them.

For example, awhile back, I was standing behind a young couple while they ordered their meals at a local small business restaurant. Their debit card declined and the couple looked embarrassed, upset and hungry. As I heard them get out of line and talk among them about how they should had enough money to cover their meal, I quietly ordered my meal and paid for theirs. I asked the cashier to wait until the next person or two ordered and then let them know their meal was paid for. Their smiles and relief was priceless. Another practice I have, regardless of my personal financial situation, is to pay for or contribute to meals, tickets and the like for active duty military. When someone is in uniform, I walk up to them and thank them for their service to our country. They always look surprised when this happens.

I know there are countless ways thousands…millions of people pay it forward every single day. I am most impressed with children who show such generosity, selflessness and action. They are our future and the more children of all ages do things for others, the more we transform humanity for the good. Here are some recent examples of teens in action:

  1. A Minnesota teen’s act of kindness for a blind customer has prompted an outpouring of praise, including from billionaire Warren Buffett, who has invited the teen to his company shareholder’s meeting next year.

Joey Prusak, 19, gave $20 from his own pocket to a blind customer who dropped a twenty-dollar bill that was snatched by a woman who refused to return it.–abc-news-topstories.html


  1. Huge Pink Truck Brings High Fashion to Poor Teens

Allyson Ahlstrom, 18, wanted to scrap the idea of struggling teen girls getting only handed-down clothes from the thrift store. She wanted to boost their self-esteem by providing two brand-new head-to-toe outfits for any girl in need, so she started Threads for Teens two years ago in Santa Rosa, California.

This year she takes her clothing store on the road bringing hope and pride to girls in need across the country. Can you believe what this young woman has accomplished?

3. I’ve seen an example of kids having lemonade stands to raise money for a friend or loved one and sometimes even strangers. I’ve seen kids fore-go birthday gifts and ask for money to donate to a good cause. Wow.

Next time you watch the news or hear anything negative about your community, your state or our nation, remember there are tween, teen, and young adults changing the world.

How are you being of service? Are there causes/organizations that you are passionate about? How do you want to be remembered? What are you doing to help change the world? Let’s start with our local communities and ourselves. In doing this, we influence others to do the same. It truly is in giving that we receive.

Love and Blessings,


 It’s your turn: What are your thoughts about being of service and what organizations are you passionate about? Please comment below!

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Tandy Elisala

Family Caregiver Coach, Cancer Empowerment Advocate and Chief Inspiration Officer at Center for Inspiring Greatness | Empowered Family Caregiver
Tandy Elisala is passionate about helping family caregivers go from being overwhelmed and stressed to empowered and calm. Tandy went through cancer four times and learned how to heal using conventional, complementary, and alternative therapy. Tandy left her corporate career to take care of both parents simultaneously while raising three kids as a single mom. She took care of both parents for 2 1/2 years until their respective deaths. Tandy now teaches what she learned on her journey. Tandy is a family caregiver coach, a multiple best-selling author, inspirational speaker and mom to three adult kids, one angel dog and one diva cat.

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4 replies
  1. Mitch Tublin
    Mitch Tublin says:

    One of my favorite quotes is from Zig Ziglar: “”You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” Each day I do think how may I add value to someone today?

  2. Lisa Manyon
    Lisa Manyon says:

    Nice post, Tandy,

    I enjoy Arianna’s message and was honored to speak at the California Women’s Conference where she shared her Thrive message.

    I believe giving back is vital. Throughout the years I’ve done this in a variety of ways including volunteering, donating and mentoring. My favorite organizations are Kiva, Willow Center (in Lewiston, Idaho) and Maslow in Southern Oregon.

    Write on!~


    • Tandy Elisala
      Tandy Elisala says:

      Thanks, Lisa. How awesome that you shared the stage with Arianna and that this was her message at the Women’s Conference. I, too, love Kiva. I’ll check out the other two organizations you mention.


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