Generosity means many things to many people. It is not only thinking of oneself. It is giving without expecting in return. In today’s busy world, it is easy to fall into the trap of focusing your energies on yourself, rather than the interests of everyone. You should be kind to everybody around us. So make an effort to do so.
The best thing is that generosity is really simple. Say hello to others. Do a chore without being asked that will help a family member. Hold the door open. Invite a friend over for lunch. Pick up rubbish. Call a family member you have not seen in a while. Listen to a differing point of view with an open mind. Donate money or time to a worthwhile charity. The list could go on and on.
Remember, an act of generosity simultaneously touches three people: the giver, the recipient and any other observer. This is three lives changed for the better with simple acts of generosity. As Adam Smith noted in The Theory of Moral Sentiments: “People naturally desire not only to be loved, but to be lovely”. Don’t just have a lovely week, but be lovely this week.