I always thought being generous meant giving your money, time, and self to others. But even if you are busy, broke, and a tired mom (like me!) you can be generous. It doesn’t have to be stressful, or take more than you have to give.
These are my five ideas for a more generous you this year.
1. Be generous with your words. Often the thing people need the most is someone who cares enough to be kind. This is true of myself. A kind older couple complimenting my patience as I navigate the grocery store with 4 littles can bring me to tears. You can be generous with your words to strangers, but a great place to start is in your home with your husband and kids.
2. Be generous with your thoughts. I think we are often unkind in our thoughts. I know I am, and I am pretty sure I am not alone. I have made a resolution this year to think kinder thoughts about others. The only person these negative thoughts hurt is me! So when I catch myself thinking something unkind, I try to put a stop to it. Kinder thoughts make for kinder deeds.
3. Be generous with your love. Don’t make your love conditional. Don’t hold back, or use it to punish. Loving others benefits you and them. I know there are times when a smile from a stranger means the world to me. When I am having a hard day, and a seemingly insignificant act of love can warm my heart and change my perspective. Too cheesy? It is true. There is no limit on the love you can give, so why not give as much as you can?
4. Be generous with your abilities. This does not mean you have to do work for free, but I can’t tell you how grateful I am to the other, more experienced, bloggers who have given me a tip here and there, or a moment of their time to encourage me in my efforts. Or the cousin who spent ten seconds showing me how to do something that would have taken me ten hours to figure out on my own.
5. Be generous with your time. This does not mean give time that you don’t have to give, but if you find yourself with a few minutes here and there, doing something generous can feel great. I have started keeping a stack of thank you cards in my purse, and if I find myself at my kid’s school for pick up with a few minutes to spare, I write one out. I know I love getting cards, and I am sure I am not alone.
We would love to hear your ideas for increasing generosity. How can you help your kids become more generous? Tell us what you think in the comments below or on Facebook.