61 thoughts on “Generosity

  1. Second chances. Are they a weakness or a strength? You can ask that question to a thousand different people and get a thousand different answers. Many people believe that it can only be one answer or the other, but have you ever thought about it being both? I believe that many think it’s a weakness, due to the fact that if you give someone a second chance more likely than not they’ll take advantage and will not appreciate it. But I’ve come to realize that’s their own fault. My biggest downfall is forgiving and giving second chances to people who do not deserve it, or so I thought. As I enter the new chapter of my life, I’ve grown and realized that second chances are not a weakness, but one of the biggest strengths you could possibly have. Being the bigger person, forgiving, and giving those chances is less energy and negativity in your life, than keeping in all that hate for those people who took advantage of your kindness. You also never know, they just might surprise you and do great things with that second chance you gave them, they just needed a person that was willing to give one. I believe in second chances, for it is my strength. It has brought great people into my life and has given me the feeling of knowing that I did my best at being the best person I could be.

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    • I agree with this! Being the bigger person isn’t always easy. And being able to forgive is a very hard thing to do. Wonderfully written!

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    • I totally agree with you! Second chances can be difficult to give out, but they are better than condemning someone for their mistakes.

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    • Love this post. Being the bigger person is the most mature way to go and rids the megativity in your life. Although forgiving is sometimes hard to do. It’s something that takes time. But even when you forgive someone, you will never forget what they did to you.

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    • Wow I feel you’re completely right in that sense. I wish more people thought like you and I like how you tie forgiveness with generosity. I think this is a lesson to be taught to people who as you said keep their hatred for people bottled up and you’re completely right about forgiveness being more of a strength than a weakness because it takes a lot more effort to forgive someone.

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    • I agree with what you said i think it is a strength it shows people the kind of person you are. I’m always giving second chances and forgiving people and i wish everyone was so nice. Keep it up

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    • I really agree with this! Second chances are so powerful and can give someone the opportunity to chance their life for the better. Taking the high road and giving someone a second chance after they have wronged you in the past is also a really great way to display your own maturity.

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    • Generosity is key. we need more generous people in our community. Some people are generous whole heartily others do it because they feel obligated too. I love this essay!!!!

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    • Things can’t be undone, damages can’t be reversed. At the end of the day, it’s about who you are giving the chance”(s)” to. Try and never let things end on bad terms. I fully agree with you.

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  2. I believe that my family and the societies I am associated with have laid a very strong foundation in shaping me to become who I am today. I have had great role models who motivate me to do as much as I can to brighten someone’s day up and know the significance of it. Growing up in a traditional household with a culture that values the act of kindness dearly, every piece of advice I received included “Treat everyone with respect no matter their race, social status, or gender,” “Refrain from judging anyone because you might never know who they are and what they can do for you,” and “kindness will get you somewhere someday” . I learned to give as much as I am given because that is where my blessings and and favor will come from.
    Not only did my family constantly preach about kindness to me, but they practiced it as well, which had an even stronger impact on me. At a very young age, I learned to hold doors for people from my father, I learned to offer people help with their groceries from my mother, and I learned how to speak politely from my grandmother. Being a Christian has also taught me that being tenderhearted makes one a better person. As stated in the Bible, “Do to others as you would have them do to you (Luke 6:31)”
    Being blessed with a kind soul has opened several doors for me and has presented tons of great opportunities to me. It has helped me gain the trust of my friends, teachers, and community leaders, which makes it fairly easier for me to hold a leadership position and be effective at it. It has helped me gain the respect of many people I encounter. The positivity I receive edges me on to perform more acts of kindness.
    Personally, I genuinely enjoy putting a smile on the faces of people, be it a stranger or someone I am familiar with. This is why I participate in any activity that will offer me the opportunity to have a positive impact on someone. What I feel inside when I make someone else’s day is rewarding and I strive to feel like this for the rest of my life. This is why I want to engage in a career that will ensure that I am able to help society in any way I can. At UMass Dartmouth, my goal is to spread positivity and the importance of generosity to everyone I come in contact with. Working for a good cause restores my faith in humanity and keeps me on a straight path. For this, I will continue to be kind and hope for success.

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    • I believe that my culture and society has helped mold me into the person I am today. Being Haitian has taught me to treat everyone as family and also treat them with respect and with family, love and kindness is key. I’ve been told so many times that I’m actually too nice and I shouldn’t let people take advantage of me, but when you live in a society where you’re judged everyday for any little thing, generosity is the one thing I know that can lift spirits. Family and kindness is all I know and all I will ever believe in. Growing up all I ever heard is, “treat others how you would want to be treated.” And it may sound clique but giving and allowing others kindness is the best opportunity, if you think about all of the hardships you’ve gone through in your life, at one point you’ve wished someone would’ve stopped and said something kind to you, just to give you a little bit of comfort. I just love putting smiles on other people’s faces it just gives me the feeling that In a society filled with judgment and hatred, there’s also a place for love, kindness and smiles.

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    • I really appreciate the fact that you chose to learn and accept your parents values and guidance, as many rebellious teens tend to shove their parents away and are unwilling to accept their guidance. This is truly a shining example of how parents do know better and can teach us valuable lessons such as respect for ourselves and each other.

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  3. While I had just barely made it to the gas station minutes before it closed coming home from my friends’ dorm at Worcester State I realized that I didn’t have my wallet or any cash laying around my car I knew I wasn’t going to make it home without my car dying on me. I became quite frantic, then the man behind the count noticed me and asked if everything was okay. I then proceed to tell him my predicament. He responded by giving me twenty dollars’ worth of gas and when I offered to come back and pay he said it was free of charge. Kindness and generosity mean a lot to me because we rarely hear positive stories from the news and I also believe in “the Butterfly Effect” and paying it to forward this experience just gave me hope that small acts have can really make a big difference, and people have to be kinder to one another.

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  4. I’ve done lots of community service through my journey to becoming an Eagle Scout, and my work with the Youth Group at my church. Everyone should do community service because you don’t know how many people you can have a positive effect on with just a few hours of work. On the other hand, you don’t have to go out and build a house to make a change. It’s the little things you can do to make someone’s day.
    I grew up with this one kid being my best friend throughout elementary and middle school, but our friendship faded when he got his first girlfriend sometime in eighth grade. Now fast forward two years later to the end of our sophomore year. We talked a little in class, but we were nowhere near as close as we were way back when. Then one day I heard in the hallway that my him and his girlfriend broke up. There was a big fight, drama, exaggerations, rumors, and it all left my him as the bad guy. All his friends sided with the girl, and he was left alone. Not part of the group anymore. Then one day I sought him out. I told him that I heard about the breakup, and I wanted him and I to hang out. No big deal, right? But what I ended with was a big deal to him. I said, “I want to make sure you’re okay”. That sentence got my best friend back. He later told me that everyone asked him about the drama. Not a single person actually asked him if he was okay. We are still best friends today.
    All it takes is a smile, or a joke, or simply asking someone how their day is going to show them you care. Which can make a world of a difference.

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  5. In today’s world generosity is hard to find, everyone needs a reason to trust you or to help you out. I have found that being kind and generous for no reason brings out a good reaction from most people. My sophomore year of high school I went on a service trip to Brownsville, TX with a group of kids from my school. On this trip, we were at an organization right on the border helping people who had just legally come over the border and were trying to start a new life in America. Even though they had come here legally they still had nothing. Most of them walked through the desert for close to three months to just get to the border with their papers. While helping these people I noticed that I had it so easy, I had my problems but they were nothing compared to what they had to go through. When I came back from the trip I was a changed person. I was going out of my way to help people and do good things, this not only made other people feel good but I was in a great mood all the time. I was also very positive and was able to take the best out of every situation. Being kind and generous is now a huge part of my life, it keeps me happy and drives me to do better in all parts of my life. In closing, generosity not only helps those around you but it can also be very beneficial to you and your state of mind.

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  6. There was man about 5 feet 3 in height with brown glossy eyes; they seemed almost hollow looking. He carried a hat in which he kept all his secrets including his virtues. One day I approach him, I asked about his that he lay upon his head. He replied in such a mysterious way. He said to me “In this hat I hold my pain my journey and my wisdom. He stood up and pulled out a papper in witch it read virtue, he then whispered to me “love, that is the virtue I see in you”. He told me that he had seen the things I’ve done the way I saw treated others. He could see that what I had was love not just for myself but for other people. I saw the world not how it was but how it should be. He told me to keep this virtue of love close to my heart giving it back to the world everywhere. I smiled at the words said to me and thanked him for his time. This to me was a sign that maybe life so bad after all, that maybe the still some good left in fthe world and it started with me.

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  7. I believe that generosity can go a long way. I feel that when we as a society today look at people who are not as fortunate as, or may be down on there luck, we overlook them or in some cases we dont even notice them. To me there is no gesture too small or too big that helps another human being that can be defined as over generous. The concept of “paying it forward” is something that I believe in and fully support. I myself may not always be in the position to help others, but doesn’t it feel great when someone helps you out in a time of need? Although it is a very good feeling to have some lend there hand to you, it feels even better when you lend your hand out. Its a fulfilling feeling that makes you feel good about yourself. When helping someone else it also may not be something you feel very comfortable doing especially if its a stranger. But when you do break that boundary or fear it speaks a lot bout your character as a person. Even if you may never see that person again, its nice to know that you made lasting effect on them. To me being a generous person is something that I try to work on, and aim to be better at everyday. Hopefully in my future I will be able to effect people on a bigger scale.

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  8. There are roughly 7.4 billion people living on planet earth. You can choose to see that as just a number or as 7.4 billion personalities, families, friendships, relationships, and stories. I believe in compassion. At the end of the day, the only thing that is guaranteed are the people you are surrounded with and the way you decide to treat them. Everyone at one point or another has struggled and could use help from others. I believe the one thing that binds every human together is compassion. It is so powerful because it breaks borders between social, economic, and religious backgrounds. Unfortunately, in today’s society compassion has become endangered. People often spend more time worrying about themselves and their own status rather than spending time to understand others and work together. Being able to let go of your ego and open up your heart to someone else who is hurting is something everyone should be able to accomplish. Living a life full of compassion makes you feel more successful and happy. I encourage you to imagine a world driven by compassion. Money would not be the most important factor in a happy lifestyle, people would understand one another and withhold judgements, and everyone would feel important. Everyone wants to be acknowledged and significant. In your everyday life you will come across someone in distress. Take a minute to set aside your own pride and acknowledge what they are going through. Let them know you understand and offer support. This simple act can shed light on a person going through some sort of calamity. I believe this is what has the power to change the world. Compassion can unite humanity and alter your quality of life.

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  9. We are often quick to dwell on what we lack in life and not what we already posses.This realization came when my mom told me about a coworker of hers who was a victim of domestic violence and had moved cross country with her three children. The woman worked hard to provide, but continued to struggle. My mom explained that they would not have food at times, along with the girls sharing a bed and very few clothing. Hearing their struggle tugged at my heart and mind and continued to for days. I had always believed in helping others and I later told some of my close friends about the family and asked if they could donate food and clothes. Their parents and them were more than happy to. By the end of the week we had multiple bags of clothes, food and even a mattress. When my mom and I dropped off what we collected she began to cry tears of joy and thanked us, seeing her smile and the smiles from her daughters gave me an indescribable sense of euphoria inside. I believe in generosity, big or small, no matter the act, generosity has the power to affect the giver and the recipient. Being able to give to those who are struggling, whether it is materialistically, emotionally,or physically is important because every now and then we all need help and should not be afraid to ask. Generosity to me means giving to others without expecting benefits in return, not giving to take a video and post on twitter or giving to show others you gave, but instead committing acts of generosity for the sole reason of helping those in need.

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  10. Generosity is an incredible quality to have, but not everybody has it. I believe that being generous and helping others will not only further you in life, but it makes you a better person. I genuinely feel good about myself when I can do something nice for somebody else. Even something as simple as holding a door for somebody. You can make their day by such as small action. Your kindness can go a long way but I feel as though in today’s generation generosity is not preached enough as it should be. I was brought up to always give back to other that aren’t as fournatue as I was. A few months ago back in December, I was out to eat with a close friend of mine and I had noticed a homeless man sitting near the resuturant. Now he wasn’t begging for money or for food but I thought to myself anybody who is outside in freezing cold like this should have a nice hot meal! So without hesitation I asked the waitress if I can order a nice steak. When I received the food I brought it outside to him and he couldn’t believe somebody would do something so generous. He was extreamly happy and he thanked me about ten times. My friend and I left the restaurant and drove to Walmart to get the man a warm blanket, since he only had on a thing jacket. When we came back to the restaurant he questioned why we were back. Then I proceeded to tell him that I purchased a blanket for him so he won’t be as cold. I also gave him my last twenty dollar bill that was in my wallet. I figured he could use it way more than I can. He couldn’t thank me enough. It was as though that was the nicest thing somebody has done for him. I believe that is one of the best qualities to have ; generosity. I believe in good karma. If you help someone out in any way possible good things will come your way. I try to better myself and help as many people as I can and to make their day a bit brighter. Receiving help from others is something you should never turn down. Even if you don’t know them personally. Just remember that good karma exists and being generous / helping others won’t kill you!

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  11. Growing up, I was always taught to offer help to those who are less fortunate than myself and to always be grateful for what I have. While reflecting on my high school experience, I realized that these values have shaped me to become the person I am today. Throughout my four years, I found that I would always attempt to put aside my own needs in order to satisfy the needs of those around me. Although I have been told by some that this trait is a weakness, I believe that it is one of my greatest strengths. To be generous in this day and age, where society encourages people to benefit only themselves, is a quality which we should all strive to have. I feel as though a little bit of kindness goes a long way and have found that it often benefits both parties involved. Some of the experiences which have most influenced my character have been those where I tried to act generously, whether it was through volunteering in a remote village in Costa Rica or tutoring middle school students in math. These experiences are also those which I have found most rewarding. If I could teach anything to my peers at UMass Dartmouth, it would be the value of helping those around us. To change the world is a goal shared by myself and many who are attending college and I believe that the easiest way to do so is to spread positivity through generosity.

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  12. Every week I visit people who will never remember my name or my face, and it is the best part of my week. As a senior I was given the opportunity to intern for a Hospice service. I became a companion of people suffering from end of life illnesses. Despite the initial first impressions people have, I was not surrounded by sadness. Every day I would leave feeling better than I had when I walked in the door, because I was not focused on myself. I knew that I had be present for my patients. Even if they did not remember who I was because they had end stage alzheimer’s, I was happy just knowing that I made them feel less alone.
    There was a woman I visited who could not speak, but her eyes were alive and all she did was stare at me as I shamelessly tried to make her smile. Another woman could no longer complete a full thought but I still made sure she knew I was listening. I loved my time there so I decided to keep visiting after the end of my semester of interning. I believe I gained as much as the people I was helping; they taught me that death is a natural part of life, and that we should try to make the end as pleasant as possible. I believe that generosity not only makes you feel more fulfilled but also teaches invaluable lessons and helps you grow as a person.

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  13. “The more you give, the more you receive.” I never really like this quote. Generosity is all about giving. If you want to commit a generous act the thought of receiving should not even cross ones mind. When we give, we make the world a better place. Generosity counters materialism and consumerism in our lives. It reminds us that we already have enough. It wars against greed and selfish pursuits. It aligns our life with higher purposes. And offers a better way to live. Generous people tend to live a better life. They tend to obtain a greater life satisfaction and happiness.

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  14. I volunteer for the Andrew Cloutier Memorial Foundation (ACMF), which is a foundation that raises money for families that have a loved one battling cancer. This foundation was created in dedication to my Uncle Andy, who died of brain cancer in 2011. We hold multiple fundraisers to help families in need, but our biggest fundraiser is the ACMF annual golf tournament. People come out every year during October to help support the golf tournament. Even people who do not play golf help raise money by eating at the dinner after the tournament or buying raffle tickets for our many prizes that were donated to us.
    The best memory I have of the ACMF is when I helped the families with a sick loved one with their Thanksgiving meals. We delivered their Thanksgiving meals to their front doors, and when they opened their doors and saw us, it put a huge smile on all of their faces. I felt a sense of pride knowing that we could help make the holidays for these families better while they were going through tough times emotionally and financially. I have learned many values from volunteering for the ACMF, such as an outgoing nature to help others in need and a sense of togetherness with the community around me.  

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    • Brendan, the work that so many volunteers like you put in for free is absolutely amazing. You weren’t doing it for money when you volunteered at that golf tournament, you didn’t help those families at Thanksgiving because you had to. You did all this work because you saw others in need. In this day and age, that is an incredible thing.

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    • The thing about volunteer work that is so amazing to me is the fact that most people who do this type of work are only doing for the benefit of other people. The fact that many people have this quality of selflessness is great. I hope you and many others continue helping people in their time of need.

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  15. The common population thinks about their personal happiness. Before making a decision, they think about their personal gains from doing something for someone else. Many people believe in putting themselves before others. I believe in unconditional kindness. I believe in doing the best you can, even when it’s not easy. When you add them together, and do your best to be kind and help others, you will find that it is just as rewarding for yourself as it is for others. Even if your efforts go unnoticed, the smallest act of kindness can provide a chain reaction that will benefit those who may not even know they needed help. It’s important to remember that even though your efforts may not be appreciated, kindness will never hurt anyone, but rather act as a reminder. Kindness reminds others that there will always be room for improvement. One act of kindness improves the entire world one step at a time. Kindness creates peace and destroys all types of disharmony. Kindness builds a sense of unity. Mark Twain preached, “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see”. I believe no matter who you are or what struggles you face, kindness is the one characteristic that every truly happy human have in common. Every person is capable of being kind, it all depends on the strength of that person to help others. You never know what troubles someone deals with in their personal life. Someone may be in need, and any simple display of compassion could help them. Most importantly, others could witness your act of kindness and set out to share their own form of kindness with others. I believe kindness helps develop your personal happiness, as well as others. I believe that kindness is what helps the “world go ‘round”.

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  16. Thousands of people take buses and trains in south station in Boston. I’ve made many trips in the station myself, but this one time someone caught my eye. His name was Andre, and he was a person in an unfortunate situation looking for help. He was a homeless man who was blind in both eyes from an accident. So I decided to help him by giving him the ten dollars I had at the moment. Even though the ten dollars might not go a long way, I like to believe that I helped him in his time of need.
    I believe that as humans we should always try to be generous, and help our peers in their time of need or performs different acts of kindness when we can. No matter how big or small, acts of kindness improve both the giver and the recipient’s day and it makes the world a better place. A definition of generosity that I like is “When you show generosity, you might give away things or money or put others before yourself.” I like this definition of generosity because putting others before yourself is a great way to live. Putting other people before yourself can also help you learn meaningful lessons about yourself and it can also help you grow as a person.

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  17. I believe that in life, you should always be willing to give. There will always be someone who needs it more than you, so I believe I should always try to help. Even a little bit of help can go a long way to help make someone happier or feel better. If you were in the shoes of someone who is less fortunate, out would appreciate the help too. You never know what the outcome of a situation is until you have experienced it. Anybody can be struck by bad luck. We don’t know what put others into the situation, if it was a tragedy, they didn’t deserve it and need the help.

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  18. The generosity of others has impacted my life to such an extent that I know for a fact I would not be in the position I am today. Last year was by far the most challenging in my life so far physically and emotionally. My whole foundation was torn down by the trauma I had experienced but from this I had an opportunity to change my outlook on life. I kept to myself about my struggles for months until I finally opened up to a few close friends and eventually my parents, and they made me believe in generosity. My friends knew I was going through hard times and they did everything in their power to make me feel love and cared about. My parents went above and beyond for me and continue to. Their love and patience for me changed my attitude about how I want to treat others. Everyone goes through hard times and struggles and a simple smiling at a stranger or holding a door open for someone can really make a difference in their day. I have come to realize that I have the power to impact people and that I should use it in positive ways. Being kind is free and all in all I feel happier and I have grown to love myself as a person. My old outlook on life was replaced with positivity and spending more time appreciating the small things people do for me everyday. You never know what someone is going through and even the smallest thing can make a difference.

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