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‘G’ is for Generosity – 10 Benefits of being Generous

April 7, 2018
Generosity - 10 Benefits of being Generous & Kind

Generosity - 10 Benefits of being Generous & Kind

‘Generosity’ – the quality of being generous and kind

Thriving isn’t just about what we do for ourselves but also how we treat others.  Giving back or being generous and showing kindness, can actually have health benefits as well as just making us feel warm and fuzzy inside.  Scientific studies show that giving back or showing kindness and generosity can have major impacts on our health, including:

  • reduced blood pressure,
  • reduced stress,
  • improved mood,
  • improved immune system and
  • increased sense of purpose.

The University of Zurich Euroeconomists in a recent study, found that:

Generosity makes people happier, even if they are only a little generous. People who act solely out of self-interest are less happy. Merely promising to be more generous is enough to trigger a change in our brains that makes us happier.

Philippe Tobler and Ernst Fehr from the Department of Economics at the University of Zurich investigated how brain areas communicate to produce the feeling of warmth or happiness when we focus on the well-being of others rather than ourselves.

On surprising result was that results showed even if you only expended a small amount of generosity there was still a positive affect.

You can read more details on the study here.

GIVING BACK

I regularly volunteer at my Mother-In-Law’s aged care home and it is such a rewarding experience.  Many times, I only need to say ‘hello’ and give the residents a ‘smile’ to make their day.  Other times, I have the joy of helping them learn new activities or venture out of the home to see exhibitions or movies.

Volunteering isn’t the only way to be generous.

  • You can donate to a charity
  • Sponsor a child
  • Donate to a wildlife fund

OR

  • Simply give some of your time to family and friends.  Time costs nothing but can sometimes mean so much more than money.

Share the Dignity is an Australian charity I like to support through their Share the Dignity’s #itsinthebag campaign Each year, this charity helps homeless women and victims of domestic violence.  All I needed to do was fill a handbag with personal toiletry items for distribution to women in need.  Not much of a sacrifice of time or money for me, but it has so much meaning to the women who receive my donation.

Generosity – 10 Benefits of being Generous & Kind

  • You make someone feel special and loved
  • You will feel happier and more fulfilled being kind to others
  • The reward of a smile and knowing you have made someone feel good makes you feel good
  • Kindness is contagious
  • It builds relationships – we are nicer people to be around
  • Improves your mental well-being
  • We feel more compassion
  • You will feel more positive and enjoy life
  • It makes us appreciate and be grateful for all we have
  • We learn tolerance

What is one act of kindness or generosity you can do today?

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15 Comments

  • Reply Jennifer Jones April 7, 2018 at 09:01

    You are a generous person Sue. I would call myself generous also due to my attitude to others. Another example will appear in my K post. Share The Dignity is a fantastic cause. My friends regularly holds a garden party to support it

  • Reply Donna April 7, 2018 at 12:16

    Hi, Sue – I love the final question that you have left for us. ” What is one act of kindness or generosity that you can do today?” If we all asked ourselves that question each morning, we could (and would) tilt our world towards peace!
    Congratulations again on your nomination for the ABBAs. Very well-deserved!

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au April 7, 2018 at 12:47

    Generosity is one of those virtues (like kindness) that benefits the giver and the receiver isn’t it Sue? I think the more generous we are with our time and money, the benefits just keep multiplying. My FIL never had money but gave of himself his entire life – the onflowing of that was plain to see by the people who spoke at his funeral yesterday – he was loved by so many people!

    Leanne | http://www.crestingthehill.com.au
    G for Give More

  • Reply Karen Hume April 7, 2018 at 21:20

    I’ll have to think about what I’ll do to be generous today, Sue. Thanks for the inspiration to do that.
    I hope you’re enjoying your Walden time.

    G is for (The) Gifts of Imperfection

  • Reply Victoria April 7, 2018 at 23:59

    I am not very generous with my time but will give money. I am not sure why I am the way I am about my time. I do try to be nice to ppl and always give a smile.

  • Reply Jo Tracey April 8, 2018 at 06:28

    Congratulations on your nomination – it’s certainly a well-deserved one. I like to think I’m generous – with my self but sometimes feel as though I should do more. I don’t think I’m as generous with my time as I could be.

  • Reply Heather Erickson April 8, 2018 at 11:40

    This is a fantastic reminder of the impact doing good can have, on others and ourselves. I often think that generosity is exhibiting bravery. If I don’t want to share (whether it’s a smile and a kind word, or my finances) it’s because I’m afraid. I might be afraid of rejection, or of not having enough to support myself if I share. Bold generosity kicks fear in the teeth. It may even say, “I’m often afraid-but NOT today!” Now I want to go out an be brave and generous. Have a great weekend.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 9, 2018 at 12:09

      Thanks Heather and I hope you have a beautiful week. Be brave and generous! xx

  • Reply Karen April 8, 2018 at 13:57

    I think it may have been my college psychology class where we talked about how giving to others is a selfish act because you get something out of it in how good you feel. Obviously, a bit of an extreme take but I do think looking outward and helping others is a great way to be happy.

  • Reply Debbie Harris April 8, 2018 at 16:01

    I love that G is for generous Sue, you are such a generous giving soul and much appreciated by all who know you! I enjoy volunteering too for what it gives me and how good I feel helping out. We all need to be more generous with our time, our money and our thoughts and the world would be a much better place

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 9, 2018 at 12:07

      Thank you so much Debbie for your kind words. I do try to be generous of spirit and help others where I can. The world would be a better place if we all just gave a little wouldn’t it?

  • Reply Mrs. Dash April 9, 2018 at 14:30

    i loved this post

    Tongue Twister for G

  • Reply Grammy Dee | Grammy's Grid April 30, 2018 at 16:41

    It always makes me smile and makes me feel good to be generous. Great post Sue! Shared x 4 ♥

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