It’s Week 50 and we are feeling generous.
The willingness to give to others more than is necessary or expected is universally hailed as a virtue. It is also an emotion. ‘Generous’ is often described as feeling big-hearted or magnanimous (literally, generous in spirit). And even though generous seems to be selfless, it is actually a pretty selfish emotion: It rewards us by reducing stress and boosting mental health. And of course, it builds trust and connection.
Being generous is mostly associated with money and tangible support, but it also applies to intangible acts like giving love, kindness, time, energy, and attention. An important factor in true generosity is the spirit in which things are given: There is no expectation of getting anything back. Knowing that you have helped or delighted someone is reward in itself.
For this week, I am inviting you to become aware of what you are willing to give. Do you do it gladly or begrudgingly, out of obligation? From a place of scarcity or abundance? Do you give what the other person values or needs or what you would like to receive? Also, generosity is one half of the coin: gratitude is the other. How well do you accept someone’s appreciation?
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