Generosity Outside the Box
Generosity as a tool for success at work (and in relationships). In his contribution to the book Do More Great Work, entrepreneur Chris Guillebeau recommends, "Give more away, and share the credit for success." Gillebeau also suggests asking others what they want and then looking for a way you can give them outcomes they desire. You'll experience success when you try this method in relationships outside of work too.
Generosity as a strategy for world peace. Patti Digh writes in Life Is a Verb that generosity "has little to do with giving gifts, and everything to do with giving space to others to be who they are." Generosity steps over tolerance and embraces inclusion. Generosity is recognizing that there is more than one "right" way, more than one "normal" custom.
Generosity as a means toward one's own happiness. At about minute 2:20 in this interview clip, renowned psychiatrist Viktor Frankl compares self-fulfillment to a boomerang. A boomerang, he explains, only returns to the hand when the implement misses its target. If the boomerang stands for "self," then giving of oneself, transcending our own selfish needs, results in the fulfillment (return) of one's true self (i.e., the achievement of true happiness).
Generosity as a prescription for well-being. Cami Walker, author of the book 29 Gifts suffers from Multiple Sclerosis but finds healing and encouragement through generosity and gratitude by shifting her focus to what she can give to others.
This week I've been sharing generosity links on twitter too. Where have you seen generosity in action?