There are many times we come across people who may be gifted with everything in the world, but don’t feel the need to share their wealth and happiness with others. Generosity is not about how much money you have, but how big of a heart you have! It’s not about only taking, but about giving without expecting anything in return is generosity.
Why do you need to be generous & why do we need generosity In our life?
When you show and give kindness, love, generosity, goodness, compassion, money and time to other people, then it’s considered as generosity. But, there’s a catch to it! All of these gestures should always be unconditional, without any expectations! Kindness is considered as a true virtue. It is an excellent characteristic that drives ethical and uplifting decisions.
The difference between Generosity & Expectations
One of the best living examples of someone showing unconditional generosity is our mother, who takes care of the entire family unconditionally without thinking about herself and her needs. If an individual thinks of helping their kids as a future investment with something in return, then this isn’t considered as generosity. But a mother’s love is always unconditional and has no expectations. It is normal to expect something in return at times if the other person can help you out when UR in need. But it is wrong to expect things or help from someone who is going a challenging phase in their lives.
Expecting a favor or some form of help from someone
Donating in orphanages with the expectation of being covered by the media
Generosity = Love + Compassion – Expectation
Helping as much as you can even when you might be facing trouble
Giving UR affection, empathy to anyone in need are characteristics of a kind and generous person.
There are many ways of being generous even if you don’t have worldly things to share with anyone. You can still be generous if UR poor by giving people UR time, love, compassion, kindness and empathy! Yes, that’s that simple, and anyone can be generous if they want to! During the pandemic, you might’ve seen or heard about many unsung heroes in UR neighborhood or society who might be helping others in need without any expectations. For example, feeding the animals on the streets is one of the kindest and generous gestures one can do for anyone.
Whether it is UR colleague’s generosity, UR neighbors or anyone you might know, someone’s generosity and kindness have the power to lift UR spirits in UR time of need! Generally, kindness is known as the quality of being polite, considerate and generous. A kind person respects others’ emotions, seeks to assist them and prevents any malicious acts.
Both kindness and generosity are virtues we should try to cultivate. Kind and generous people are altruistic. They will go out of their way to help others. For example, a generous person may give a lot of money to support charities, but might be different in other aspects of life. Not everyone is the same so continue UR work through generosity without expecting anything in return.
Find the Joy in Giving Back to Others & Yourself
Future leaders, entrepreneurs and other individuals should always find solace in giving back to the community and to ones who are in need. My mother is my greatest inspiration at the age of 13; she had lost her elder brother and had no choice but to seek help in terms of completing her education and fulfilling all her aspirations. So, when she started earning and got a job, she felt the need to return the favor by being grateful and helping others.
She was later diagnosed with cancer, the only thing which encouraged her to get through the toughest of times is her will to motivate and uplift herself. Till date at age 75, she still teaches poor children, distributes jute bags to street vendors and tries to help whomever she can. She says she finds in purpose to her life through generosity. She says “that the joy isn’t in only receiving it is in giving”! One of the main reasons I encourage people and myself to be generous; it also uplifts me in the process. That is the beauty of generosity; in science, it is called as the cost effect theory!
Three Aspects of Generosity
Be generous in UR daily life!
This insinuates that if you have a specific skill set or knowledge which people aren’t able to acquire without paying for it, then you can be generous to the less fortunate by imparting UR knowledge onto them. Imparting UR knowledge or skillset will guide others to their path of success, and maybe one day they might impart their skillset onto others and repeat the cycle. This way you share UR knowledge with others and also allow them to earn their living. This way UR making a positive impact on not just UR life, but others too! It’s about asking yourself what you can do in UR daily life, which can help and impact and positively uplift someone’s life! For example, a girl who urgently required a bone marrow transplant, after waiting a long time and getting the help she deserves, she then, later on, became an advocate for spreading awareness about this matter. Hence, people know the importance and severity of the health concern.
Be compassionate towards others.
When we celebrate festivals and other joyous events, we usually cook-up a feast to sit and enjoy with our family. While we might be enjoying our time with our loved ones, there are still many individuals who are not as fortunate us and might not even know where their next meal is going to come from. This is when you can share food, clothes, books or any other items which can help someone in their time of need.
Share positivity & love!
During the pandemic, many of us were restricted from interacting with others and heading outdoors. Globally, there were many instances where people became depressed, overthought many aspects in life, causing them to have a constant battle with their mind and tormented by unresolved emotions. The best way to make other people feel needed and wanted is by sharing UR joy, happiness and some positivity with people who are unable to snap out of their negative thoughts. Sharing happiness and satisfaction is free, all you have to do is talk to UR old friend, colleague or family and they will automatically feel grateful that UR trying to help them feel better.
These are a few ways we can show compassion to others and ourself. Generosity is an intentional decision and act of kindness. The world is always a better place with kind and generous people around; we need all the help we can get during these pressing times. So, let’s take a step in the right direction and help each other. We are in this together!