When In Doubt, Be Generous

By David Geller   |   November 24, 2014

My friend is participating in a walkathon to raise money for cancer research.  Should I pledge $50 or $100?

The service at the local diner was good, but not great.  Should I tip 15% or 20%?

I am buying a bottle of wine for my friend’s birthday.  Should I buy the $15 bottle that looks okay, or the $25 bottle I know is great?

Pledge the $100, tip 20%, and buy the $25 bottle of wine.

Generosity is an act of self confidence.  When we are generous, we signal to ourselves that we will be okay, even if we have a little less money.

Generosity cultivates gratitude.  When we are generous, we often feel grateful for the abundant blessings in our own lives.

Being generous is fun.  It feels good to help another person.

When in doubt, be generous.

David Geller

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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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