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Everyone Thinks They are Generous


Most people think of themselves as generous, but if you get any group of people together and ask them for their time, talent, or treasure, some will be far more generous than others. The temptation is to say that those who give more money have more money, or those who volunteer more time have more time. But this is not true. Very often the busiest people are most generous with volunteering. Similarly, studies show that people with relatively modest incomes (and virtually no wealth) are often much more generous than those who have much more.


One of the things I have noticed about the most generous people I know is that they have fun with their generosity. They take real pleasure in it, and in some ways, they see life as a generosity contest. Not a contest with other people, but a contest with self. And a contest with life itself. It seems the more they give, the more they receive. How would your life be different if you saw life as a generosity contest?


Now, here is today’s generosity habit.


Be aware of when someone else is in a hurry. Don’t concern yourself with the reason, just help them get to where they are going a little faster. Let them in on the highway, allow them to go in front of you in line, help them gather the things they have dropped all over the floor. Simply be helpful getting them to wherever it is they need to get to.


Matthew Kelly


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