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Embrace gratitude

Make a list of the things in your life for which you are grateful.

Sometimes, the most important step you can take to become more generous is to consider what you already possess.

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Start asking specific questions of a generous person.

Ask questions like: “Have you always been generous? How did it start? How do you decide where your money goes? What advice would you give someone who wants to get started?”. It might be life-changing.

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Make space in your life for those who actually need your help.

The easiest way to accomplish this is to volunteer one meal at your local homeless shelter. Most homeless shelters readily accept volunteers and have systems in place to get you started.

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Intentionally decide to own less. It will provide the space necessary to make you a more generous person.

You’ll spend less money on things at the department store and have more time/energy to help others.

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Give, even if you start with $1 to an online charity. It does not matter what amount you choose, jump right in with something small to help build momentum in your life towards generosity.

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The benefits of generosity

Generous people report being happier, healthier, and more satisfied with life than those who don’t give.

Generosity produces within us the sense that we are shaping the world around us into a healthier one.

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The habit of spending all of our income are too deeply ingrained in our lives. 

To counteract that cycle, give first. You may be surprised how you won’t even miss it.

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Fund a cause based on your passions

Identify what passions already move you, find a committed organization around that cause, and then joyfully help them in their work.

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Divert one specific expense

For a set period of time, divert one specific expense to a charity of your choosing.

You may choose to ride your bike to work once/week or give up Starbucks. Calculate the money you’ll save and then redirect it to a specific charity/cause.

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You may be more easily motivated and shaped by the people in your life rather than organizations/causes.

Get involved alongside someone you admire.

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Accept that the self-centered person might never consider your needs first. As much as this friend or lover means to you, know that they have no regard for others’ feelings or welfare. They can have moments of generosity and charm, but for the most part, they simply lack the skill or willingness to be thoughtful and considerate.

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When you order from Amazon, use “smile.amazon.com.” 

You choose the charity, and they donate a portion of your eligible orders at no cost to you. 

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How to recognize your strengths

If you want to excel at anything, it’s not enough to fix your weaknesses. You also need to leverage your strengths.

If you want to recognize your strengths, you need other people to hold up a mirror. When you see your reflection through the eyes of those who know you well, you can begin to identify your most unique talents.

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