5 Reasons Generosity is Worth Every Penny
When writing our story we often ask what we are going to do.
What risk will we take? Where will we go? How will we get there?
But there is another important question you shouldn’t leave out.
How much of your life will you give away? How generous will you be?
I recommend many books. They are all ones that I have read and benefitted from. The Generosity Manifesto is one such book.
I frequently give away a few copies of the book as well. Today I am offering a free copy to everyone. Actually, the author, Mike Zserdin, is doing that. He has made his short eBook free for everyone. After all, it is about generosity.
In The Generosity Manifesto, Zserdin’s goal is simple. Convince you to give more.
Although generosity can include almost anything that someone else needs, Zserdin is specifically suggesting that you give more of your money away.
5 Reasons You Should be More Generous.
1. Generosity will make you happier. This isn’t just a cool idea. It’s science. This article discusses the “helper’s high.” The more you give, the happier you become. It’s simple. Even exponential. Be careful, though, this “high” might be more addictive than crack.
2. Generosity transforms lives. Recipients. Communities. Givers. People are changed. For the good.
3. Generosity shares the love. There are 2 different ways to influence people. To love them or to hurt them. Generosity is one easy step towards the better of the two.
4. Generosity breeds generosity. When you give, others will notice and be inspired to give more. Those who receive, will turn around give in turn. It can quickly become a chain reaction of giving energy. A nuclear explosion of generosity. And it all starts with you.
5. Generosity will make you bolder. How about $3 billion bold. This is Zserdin’s hope. That all of us will band together to give that much money away.
It seems an impossible number. Consider that we as a country spent $78 billion on soda in 2008. If we all just bought 4% less soda, we could do it. $3 billion to people who need it. This is a bold suggestion.
Where do you start?
First download The Generosity Manifesto.
If it moves you then considering voting for it at changethis.com, a website devoted to spreading great ideas.
Find a way to give more. Pick out a cause that you love. Something that is important in this world.
It can be in your community. It can be giving to a friend in need. It can be giving to your local church. It can be to a nationally recognized charitable group.
Then be generous.
Opportunities to Give
If you are having trouble finding a place to start, here are a few examples of causes I either give to or have been involved in.
- Sponsor a child in the developing world with Compassion International.
- Give clean water with Charity: Water.
- Give clean water and HIV treatment to those in Africa through Blood Water Mission.
- Support kids in Uganda with Katie Davis through Amazima.
- Help Ugandan teenagers attend school with Bob Goff’s group Restore International.
- Fight human trafficking in Southeast Asia with International Justice Mission.
- Drink coffee that not only caffeinates your body, but provides a job for those in Africa with Land of a Thousand Hills.
Has generosity made your story better? Tell us about the causes you give to in the comments.