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Generosity; An Alternate Perspective During the Holiday Season


With the holiday season around us, we are naturally inclined to feel the spirit of giving.  Giving makes us happy. The act of giving is the universal way we show appreciation, gratitude, compassion, and strengthen bonds with others. We learn early in our lives that it feels good to give.

When we think of generosity, we tend to think of giving something of value. However, generosity also means giving acts of kindness. So what if we took the approach of giving a bit differently  this year? What if we set the intentions to offer the qualities of  more generosity to our friends and family,our neighbors and co -workers, and so forth?

As the holiday season approaches,we tend to get lost in the sea of consumerism with endless shopping lists and can lose the spirit in the midst of our overconsumption. Might we bring awareness to how much material gifts we give, and also increase the quality of generosity we give this year?

Giving someone a chance, giving someone the benefit of the doubt, deep listening, and offering forgiveness  are all wonderful ways of offering generosity. It entails more acceptance or giving others latitude and permission or space for others to make mistakes.  Acknowledging them for what they’ve been up to in the past year, or going out of your way to check in on them now and then  are all ways to share in the spirit of generosity.

 “Every sunrise is an invitation for us to arise and brighten someone’s day.”  Richelle E. Goodrich 

Practicing generosity is also a  mental health principle, and it could be the very key to a happy and healthy life. Year after year, more and more studies are highlighting the benefits of generosity on both our physical and mental health. Not only does generosity reduce stress,  support one’s physical health, enhance one’s sense of purpose, and naturally fight depression; it is also shown to increase longevity.  With practicing generosity, you will feel your vibration or state of being lifted and will have more nourished relationships in your life. Take some time and reflect on how you can incorporate the quality of generosity in your life.




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