A World Without Racism is Generous
The Benefits of Generosity
In an article written by Lisa Firestone on the Huffpost, she defines generosity as “the quality of being kind and understanding, the willingness to give others things that have value”. In other words, this is often known as selflessness. The author later discusses how generosity also has been said to be the key to a happy and healthy life. This is so because it reduces stress, increases lifespan, enhances one’s sense of self-purpose, and naturally fights depression. In addition to this, showing generosity towards others has been proven to improve relationships through the promotion of social connections. When we are generous we inevitably feel better about ourselves, therefore generosity is also a natural confidence booster. When we feel better about ourselves, we are able to then see those around us in a more positive light. This unsurprisingly encourages a sense of community and oneness. Through concentrating on giving rather than receiving we naturally shift our focus on others.
Listed below are the four simple steps help you fully practice generosity:
- Give something that is thoughtful and considerate to someone else.
Thinking of others and providing support in the way that they need is truly one of the greatest gifts anyone can receive. This act of generosity will strengthen relationships while making a true difference in someone’s life.
- Accept appreciation.
Generosity goes both ways. In order to live generous lives, we must also be open to those in our lives who express gratitude towards us.
- Accept the generosity of others.
When someone shows us that they care about us and are thinking of us, show generosity and thankfulness towards them for being vulnerable. Showing gratitude towards those who show us kindness is powerful as it deepens a relationship and strengthens bonds.
- Show appreciation.
Show appreciation when gratitude is shown towards you. Oftentimes we feel uncomfortable when someone shows us gratitude, but the best way to respond is to be honest and show that you appreciate their kindness. If not for yourself, do it for them. Maybe you’ve been in a situation where you showed gratitude towards someone and they didn’t respond in the way you hoped, it doesn’t feel too good. Change the pattern and show your true appreciation.
When we follow these guidelines and show generosity to others as well as ourselves, we are able to create happier lives for ourselves and the greater community around us!