The Paradox of Generosity

personal development Dec 28, 2020
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Generosity, selflessly giving to another, is an act of kindness we engage in to boost others' wellbeing. Paradoxically, giving is also one of the easiest and quickest ways you can upgrade your mood.

Why is that?

A significant factor is the feeling of connection and belonging that generosity cultivates. Wrap in the reciprocity usually associated with gift-giving rituals, and the impact becomes exponential.

Generosity begets generosity.

Generous acts are fueled by, and in turn add fuel to, other positive feelings, emotions, and impulses like joy and wonder. 

Turns out that the act of giving doesn't deplete us or create sensations of loss or want. Quite the opposite, giving creates feelings of prosperity and abundance.

And generosity has nothing to do with physical presents. In fact, the most powerful gifts are your time, attention, and presence.

A simple, thoughtful note or a kind word is more than enough for both the giver and recipient to benefit. Even those who witness these simple exchanges experience warm feelings.

Making a difference in others' lives, it turns out, makes all the difference in our own.


Scott Perry, Difference-Maker Coach at Creative on Purpose.

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