Generosity: Giving of one’s time, treasures and talents without expecting anything in return.

This month our Powerful Word is “generosity.”

Generosity does not just refer to the act of giving. That would be too easy. Generosity is when we give of things that are particularly meaningful and valuable to us. It marks when we give beyond what is required of us, without anticipating anything in return-- especially when the act of giving is unexpected.

Research tells us that generosity enhances our lives. Interestingly, givers get a great deal from their actions! Studies show that generous people are healthier, happier, more financially successful, less likely to relapse when addiction is a challenge and more connected in their relationships.

There are many ways to be generous. Dr. Robyn Silverman reminds us that we can use our:

  • Time: The hours we can devote to helping, giving and sharing with others can make a difference!

  • Talents: Our abilities and skills can help, entertain or make people’s lives better.

  • Treasures: Our money, gifts, or possessions that are valuable to us can help others thrive and survive.

  • Talk: Studies show that the more we talk to our kids about giving, the more likely they are to give.

  • Ties/Team: When we share our causes/values with friends and family, many can rally to do a lot of good.

  • Togetherness: Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, urges people to “get proximate.” When we get close to those in need, we tend to be more generous.

  • Thanks: Showing gratitude for what we have and who we have in our lives. More grateful people give more!

We look forward to partnering with you on teaching generosity this month!

Here’s to your success!

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