In the spirit of generosity, I’m sharing this previously published post. If you read it before, please share it with your friends to remind them to practice generosity every day.
On Valentine’s Day, instead of the usual flowers, cards and other sentiments we usually give to loved ones, what if we all practiced a different kind of generosity. What if we were extra kind to everyone we meet today?
Valentine’s Day is most often thought of as a time to show love and affection to the people closest to us by bestowing them with flowers, chocolates, romantic dinners, notes and cards.
This excerpt, from a blog post by Sasha Dichter, offers us another option to celebrate Valentine’s Day;
Barely three days before Valentine’s Day, Sasha Dichter,
Chief Innovation Officer for
Acumen Fund, decided to convert his month-long
“Generosity Experiment” into a global Generosity
Day. The idea was simple: to reclaim Valentine’s
Day from the clutches of commercialization and
turn it into a day of “sharing love with everyone.
This is a great idea not just for Valentine’s Day but for other holidays as well. It would certainly eliminate the commercialization of holidays and instead promote generosity and love on every day.
Dichter suggests that people are hungry for more connection and meaning in their lives. So, instead of filling up on flowers, candy, cards and extravagant gifts, he proposes that we show more generosity by dispensing love to everyone on Valentine’s Day – not just those closest to us.
Here are some ideas you can use to celebrate Valentine’s Day:
• Tip extra generously when you are out enjoying your Valentine’s Dinner. Your server will appreciate it.
• Take “thinking of you” cards to a nursing home and have the staff write the name of a person on the envelope. Most people in nursing homes rarely receive mail.
• When you are getting your morning coffee, pay the check for the person behind you.
• Place a place a tin of cookies at your neighbor’s door to thank him/her for just being a good neighbor.
• Donate your gently used clothes, appliances, furniture, etc. to a non-profit organization.
• To ward off the flu bug and germs, pass out small bottles of hand sanitizer to people you meet at the doctors, dentists, hair salon, supermarket, etc.
This Valentine’s Day, celebrate the day by making it a day that you show generosity and love everywhere you go.
How will you spread generosity today? Please share your thoughts with us.
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