We all are aware of the importance of being generous, and the vast majority of people try to help others as much as they can. However, it is easy to get stuck in a busy routine and finding the opportunity to be generous can easily slip out of our minds. This might happen even more when we get the idea that being generous means giving money to others, but generosity is much more than that. That’s why we’re sharing four simple tips that will help us become more generous people, inspiring others to follow this path, too.
- Remember the benefits of generosity. Many studies have shown that generous people tend to be happier and healthier, which is a great reason why we should add generosity to our lives. However, the joy of helping those who need it most is a feeling that can’t be described easily. Also, the satisfaction that comes from lending a hand to those around us makes our community be happier, too.
- Take a baby-steps approach. Most of us have thought about making a huge donation or contributing in a big way, helping someone who really needs it. Even when the intention is great, we should remember to start small and take baby steps. If we want to help, but also have a tight budget, making $1 donations is a great way to start contributing. After all, it is not the amount that matters, but knowing that we’re helping someone in need.
- Share something first. A great way to start being more generous is by making a donation as soon as we receive our paycheck. Often times, we plan to make our donations after we have set up our budget, paying our bills, buying our groceries, and covering our other expenses. The problem with this is that we may end up not being able to make that donation we really wanted to make. By making a donation first we can budget after we’ve covered that instead of waiting until later.
- Spend time with someone who needs it. There are many ways for us to be generous without having to give money or make donations. Most of the might know someone, a friend or a neighbor, who could use a helping one every now and then. Make time to pay them a visit and offer to help them with whatever they need. Sharing our time, our energy, and our mere presence can have a positive impact on others’ lives, and we can really make a difference by just being there with them.
“You have not lived until you have done something
for someone who can never repay you.”
— John Bunyan