What I have personally found is that The secret of living is giving. You are very close to this already, I believe.
Yet, I suspect there is a big chance that you might miss something that is not so easy to notice. In most of cases giving might lead to a disappointment and some sort of suffering.
But there is more to that and it is all upside-down as it is with many other things.
The most important is not whether you will receive anything, but whether you can give without fearing.
Without being afraid that your giving might be seen as a weakness; that you might not get anything out of it, or be hurt.
And then what happens is that the more you give, the more you get. It’s the magic of the Universe.
11/29/2010 Sofia, Bulgaria
Adapted from a letter to me by Mitko Karamanchev