Our lives are better when we’re generous. We feel good when we give of ourselves – whether it be our money, time, or talents – to make a positive difference in someone else’s life. Acts of generosity often allow us to open up to others and forge new relationships.
Being generous is not always easy. We live in a world that bombards us with messages of scarcity. It’s tough to be generous if we fear we might need the money tomorrow. We live in a competitive world that encourages us to use money as a way to keep score. Nobody wants to be generous and end up feeling like a loser.
The truth is generosity takes courage, and practice.
Start building your generosity muscle. Give until you feel a bit uncomfortable. Give a little extra to a charitable cause you care about. Spend a little extra time with a friend or work colleague who could use your help. Leave an larger-than-usual tip to a server who provided excellent service.
And every time you stretch your generosity muscle, ask yourself the following three questions:
- Do you feel energized by being generous?
- Do you feel more connected to the person or cause you helped?
- Do you feel more confident as you face the future?
My hunch is you will discover generosity feels great.