What’s the difference between taking and receiving?
Taking is primarily a solitary act- the only person actually required is the taker. Sometimes s/he may be taking from SOMEONE, but a child can also take a candy from the cupboard or a book from the shelf. Receiving is more dynamic, in that it requires a relationship. Someone must be giving in order for someone to receive. It involves thoughtfulness and engagement. It automatically creates an association between those involved.
Why does this matter?
Research has shown that people who are generous, altruistic and socially engaged are significantly happier and fulfilled than those who are not.
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