I love this simple lesson on giving from Deepak Chopra's classic book, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success:
"The more you give, the more you will receive, because you will keep the abundance of the universe circulating in your life. In fact, anything that is of value in life only multiplies when it is given. That which doesn't multiply through giving is neither worth giving nor worth receiving."
But how to start?
"The best way to put the Law of Giving into operation -- to start the whole process of circulation -- is to make the decision that any time you come into contact with anyone, you will give them something. It doesn't have to be in the form of material things; it could be a flower, a compliment, or a prayer. In fact, the most powerful forms of giving are non-material. The gifts of caring, attention, affection, appreciation, and love are some of the most precious gifts you can give, and they don't cost you anything. When you meet someone, you can silently send them a blessing, wishing them happiness, joy, and laughter. This kind of silent giving is very powerful."
Does this sound like nothing more than new-agey mumbo-jumbo? It costs nothing to try it. Why not try, just for a few days, and see whether it has made a difference in your sense of connectedness, joy, and peace. And there may be even more tangible results in new opportunities, doors opening for you, and untangling of your own personal Gordion knots.