Courageous Generosity

By David Geller   |   April 22, 2013

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:

  1. Do you feel energized by being generous?
  2. Do you feel more connected to the person or cause you helped?
  3. Do you feel more confident as you face the future?

My hunch is you will discover generosity feels great.

About the Author

CEO David Geller co-founded the firm in 1991 and led the creation of Behavioral Wealth Management. Recognized on numerous prestigious "top financial advisor" lists, David is an in-demand speaker for professional groups and JOYN workshops. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Huffington Post.

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