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Simple Practices That Will Make You Want to Be More Generous - Thrive Global

Simple Practices That Will Make You Want to Be More Generous - Thrive Global

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Donate When You Buy

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. 

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.

Give A Compliment

One simple compliment can turn someone’s day around and positively affect many lives.

Compliments are easy to give if you focus on something you like. Look for opportunities to give a compliment.

5 Minute Favor

The practice involves committing to one 5 minute favor a day. 

Doing one a day instills a habit of giving that benefits more than just the recipient.

Pick Up A Piece Of Trash

If you’re walking by a piece of trash, toss it in the nearest can. Every bit adds up over time.

Show generosity to your community and the Earth.

Donate Unused Items

Practice decluttering on a monthly basis. Donate the items to a charity of your choice.

Support Co-Worker’s Passions

One place we tend to forget to be generous is work. We spend a vast majority of our life there. 

It’s important to take the time to support your coworkers.

Collect Change To Give Away

Many of us accumulate nickels and dimes that end up in forgotten places.

Collect coins in a ziplock bag and give it away to someone with a genuine need.

Volunteer

Find a cause that you care about and allocate time as often as possible.

Volunteering can help develop new skills, build experience, and spread more love and kindness.

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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.

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.

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Most of the psychological theories are verbal, but words can be imprecise. If "cooperation is intuitive", it needs to state when. And what does "intuitive" mean?

In order to solve this, compu...

The Sims computer simulation

These models represent collections of individual people described by computer algorithms that capture a specific set of traits, such as a tendency to cooperate or not.

  • You can give them new personalities to see how they would behave.
  • You can observe social processes in action.
  • You can observe time scales, from seconds to generations.
  • You can watch the spread of certain behaviors throughout a population and you can see how certain behaviors influence other behaviors.

The patterns that emerge can tell you things about large-scale social interaction that lab experiments and real people never could.

The human instinct to cooperate

There seems to be evolutionary logic to the human ability to cooperate but adjust if necessary. To trust, but verify. 

We generally collaborate with other people because it benefits us. Our rational minds let us work out when we might occasionally gain by acting selfishly instead.

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The ancient Law of Circulation requires that you give others whatever you wish to have for yourself. 


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True generosity is unconditional

Unconditional generosity is giving without anticipation of any kind of reciprocation, repayment, or even a thank you.

Examples of generosity include a simple smile for a stranger or sharing your time with the elderly.  Think about what else you can give in terms of time, talent and resources that you are blessed with.

Generosity begets generosity

Generosity spreads and transfers and has a 'pay it forward effect' many times over.

The generosity cycle has it's own momentum and spreads over a period of time as each person is impacted.

Don’t Rely On Your Memory

If you want to remember things, don't rely on your memory. Put it in writing or in a digital notebook.

Make Back-Ups Of Everything
  • Make sure to back up your computer files.
  • Make duplicates for your car and home keys.
  • Scan your IDs, passports and bank details, and put it all in a secured folder on your computer.

Keep all your financial records, birth certificates, land titles and insurance in one folder, preferably in a safe.

Have a designated place for everything
  • Sort out your clothes, cleaning materials and everything else and keep them in labeled containers or closets at home. 
  • Organize your work space well so that your every move is conserved, knowing exactly where everything is.

Doing this will take time, but it is easier to find what you need.

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Turn envy into curiosity

This will help you to take action instead of feeling sorry for yourself. So the next time you see someone do something you want to do, either:

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The labels you put on yourself

They shape your actions. If you think of yourself as lazy or weak, you act in accordance with that label.

Instead of placing labels on yourself, try making statements indicating you’re in the process of improving. Change “I am” to “I’m working on it.”

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Generosity makes us happy

Feeling good is a product of doing good.

According to a study, giving triggers feel-good chemicals like endorphins, dopamine, and oxytocin.

Generosity lowers our stress

Being stingy can actually raise our stress levels, while being generous can keep the stress down.

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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.

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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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A practical philosophical school

Stoicism became popular in the Roman Empire. Slaves like Epictetus, rich people like Seneca or emperors like Marcus Aurelius found guidance for life in it.

Events don’t upset you

Beliefs about events do. Bad feelings are caused by irrational beliefs, so if you’re feeling negative emotions, focus on the belief you hold about what happens. 

For stoics there is no good or bad, there’s only perception. And you control perception. 

Control what you can

Ignore the rest. We worry about things that we have no control over. But worrying never fixed anything

The stoics are saying that if you focus your energy on what you can change, you’re going to be a lot more productive and effective. 

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What Time Management Is

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Eat That Frog!

Your “frog” is your most important task, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on if you don’t do something about it.

If you have two important tasks, start your day with the biggest, hardest, and most important task first. Focus on completing it before you go to the next one.

Failure to execute

We tend to confuse activity with accomplishment: we attend endless meetings and make plans, but at the end of the day, no one does the job and gets the results required.

“Failure to execute” is among the biggest problems in organizations today.

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