“No one has ever become poor by giving.” —Anne Frank

My husband recently attended his school reunion and was given a booklet. Each page had a current photo and there was Q&A about what they’d been doing, their favourite teacher etc… Many of the collegians had completed University, had good, well-paid jobs and had basically achieved “success” in life.

One of the questions that interested me, though, was around the charitable works they do for the community. I flicked through and noticed a trend. Whilst most of them were parents and helped out at their children’s schools and sports clubs, I was surprised to see how much the high achievers were giving to society.

Page after page showed people in executive roles, highly qualified in their industry or self-made entrepreneurs, who gave, not just money but of themselves. It was interesting and quite inspirational.

Look around at your friends, colleagues and peers, and you will find the most successful are generally giving. Not just giving with money but prepared to give their free time. Time can be even more valuable than money.

I help out with a number of charitable organisations and many people give. However, there are some who profess to not having time to volunteer. If you are one of these people, can I let you know that by giving, you are receiving?

Giving, with an open heart, creates an amazing flow of energy. What you give flows right back to you.

I’m not saying that you can create success by giving. But….successful people give.

Since this site is for authors, and I focus on indie writers, may I suggest ways to help other indie writers.

  • Buy a book from a fellow indie writer
  • Write an honest review of a book you enjoyed
  • Recommend their books to your fellow readers
  • Feature an indie writer on your blog or website
  • Share posts on social media when indie writers have success or a book launch
  • For the more experienced writers, consider giving a newbie writer a free critique or advice on their first chapter.

Indie writers are doing it alone and have to do everything, from book marketing to promotion to organising formatting and editing. Helping out a fellow indie writer may be just what they need. And who knows? Perhaps that positive, happy energy will come back and help you in some way.

I’d like to thank everyone who has read, commented, or shared my posts on social media over the past few months. It’s an honour to write these posts every month and your positive feedback is invigorating. At this joyous time of the year, don’t forget to take time out to not only help others but also to help yourself.

Wishing you a very happy Christmas or a joyous Chanukah and a happy New Year. May 2017 be filled with lots of reading, writing, and friendship.

Joanne x

Joanne is celebrating this festive season with the release of her two heart-warming, holiday reads –

An Unforgettable Holiday by Joanne DannonA Magical Christmas in Jerusalem and

A Magical Chanukah in New York.

Available now on Amazon only for only $0.99. Kindle Unlimted customers can read for free – hooray!


Joanne Dannon is an Australian author who writes to give her readers the experience she loves to savour–indulging in a sigh-worthy-happily-ever-after, being swept away from the everyday by diving into a delicious romance novel. Joanne is a happily married mother of two heroes-in-training who loves spending time with friends and family. She can be found on Facebook and her website www.joannedannon.com chatting about reading, writing, cooking, vintage-inspired dresses and all things romantic.

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