Today is Generosity Day

Spread the word about Sasha Dichter’s great idea. He’s rebranding Valentine’s Day “Generosity Day.”  As he writes in his blog:  ”The goal is to spend Valentine’s Day being more generous, giving more money, sharing of yourself, being of service.  All acts of generosity, small and big alike, count. But you have to say YES to everything that’s asked of you, all day long! It’s about creating more generosity in the world, and becoming a more open person along the way.”

He’s asking us to spread the word and if you use Facebook or Twitter use the hashtag #generosityday to share what you’re doing. Here are some examples Sasha gives for things to do on Generosity Day:

  • Give money to….a street musician, a homeless person, your favorite charity
  • Take old clothes from your closet and give them to goodwill
  • Leave a $5 tip for a $2 coffee
  • Introduce yourself to someone you see every day but have never said hello to
  • Bring in lunch for your co-workers
  • Give someone a compliment

There are lots of wonderful things to do in the spirit of living a more generous and compassionate life.  A few of my personal favorites to consider for today:

  • Listen to just one person’s story all the way to the end without a single interruption or judgment
  • Eat vegan.  It’s a more compassionate way to eat and it’s better for our planet and for our bodies
  • Introduce two people who you think would hit it off
  • Be gentle with yourself when you say or do dumb things (I won’t go into details here of my recent “Doh!” moment, but suffice it to say it involved a bar in Africa, wine that was flowing like, well, wine and me being way too early on the dance floor).

Of course, as my husband Jack said it doesn’t have to be an either/or decision.  Valentine’s day (and chocolate) lover that he is, he offers this as his contribution to #generosityday:  ”Give someone you don’t know a box of Godiva’s finest and enjoy both days to their fullest!”

Happy G-day everyone!

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