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10 Little Ways to Become More Generous

Give first

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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10 Little Ways to Become More Generous

10 Little Ways to Become More Generous


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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.

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.

Start really small

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.

Give first

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.

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.

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.

Find a person you believe in

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

Get involved alongside someone you admire.

Spend time with people in need

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.

Spend time with a generous person

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.

Live a more minimalist life

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.


Donate When You Buy

When you order from Amazon, use “” 

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

Support Your Friends’ Businesses

“Like,” “Share,” or comment on your friend’s business content.

It’s easy, free, and strengthens your friendship, and their business.

Box Up Leftovers

Instead of taking leftovers home to have them spoil, consider giving it to someone in need.

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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...

Choose your sources

Identify 10-20 people who know you well from a mix of personal and professional contacts, and ask them to write a story about a time when you were at your best. It is best if the sources are specific with concrete examples.

Spot patterns

Once the feedback arrives, look for the common themes that appear in multiple stories. Make a list of the themes, the key examples that support each theme, and what they suggest about your strengths.

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Write a vision

Write down exactly what you want your life to look like. Put it where you can see it every day. However, it is not set in stone. You can change it along the way.

Examine your current life

See how much of your life already matches your vision.  

You want to keep those things and remember that part of your vision is already happening.

Define your core values

Every decision you make about your life should reflect those values.

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