Generous people give more than take - simple.

It’s generous of your friend to take the couch and let you sleep in the bed when you stay over at their place. They didn’t have to do that.

When you decide to go one step beyond what’s expected of you, you’re being generous.

Several recent studies have found that being generous increases our ability to cope with physical pain and symptoms of chronic diseases. Volunteering has also been associated with significant decreases in blood pressure, stomach acid, and cholesterol levels, and increased Immunoglobin-A which boosts our immune system.

And finally, we know that being generous makes the giver more HAPPY than the recipient!!

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Ask yourself: how generous have I been in the past few days?

Tips for becoming more generous:

  1. Consider the benefits of generosity
  2. Embrace gratitude
  3. Start really small
  4. Give first
  5. Divert one specific expense to a favourite charity
  6. Fund a cause based on your passions
  7. Find a person you believe in
  8. Spend time with people in need

Act of kindness: select one of the actions above and start to apply it over one day. Then choose another and then another…

Learn about the neuroscience of gift-giving

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