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Generosity Looks Good on You


When I was young, my mother would say things like, “That color looks great on you,” or “I really like that shirt on you.” At every turn, my mother and father encouraged me, and their encouragement was the fuel that launched me into life.


Different things look good on different people, but some things look good on everyone—and generosity is at the top of the list. Generosity looks good on you.


Philosophers and poets have been suggesting that there is a link between moral and physical beauty for thousands of years. It has long been known that generosity increases happiness, confidence, self-esteem, and even physical health. Researchers have proven that giving activates an area of the brain linked with contentment. But a recent study from Indiana University found that people who engage in “giving behaviors” are more attractive physically.


Doing good literally draws our inner beauty to the surface. Let’s make being generous the next beauty trend.


Now, here is today’s generosity habit.


Buy a journal and write down 100 things you love about someone. One per page. And then give the journal to them as a gift, not for a birthday or anniversary, just because. It could be a spouse, a friend, a child, a parent. We never articulate many of the things we love about each other. Speak your love and speak it generously.


Matthew Kelly


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