36 thoughts on “Generosity

  1. The gift that we so graciously give is one we refer to as generosity. True generosity is only found in people who care profoundly and give without needing a sense of material fulfillment. Those who give without demanding something tangible find themselves content in other ways. The enjoyment of a smile on a strangers face can warm a person’s heart with unrelenting joy. The power of generosity is an award that benevolent people can bestow as they understand that a small act of kindness can make a valuable change in another person’s life.

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    • Thank you for sharing your thoughts in regards to generosity. I completely agree with your ideas. Being generous should be a selfless act that only benefits the person or thing you are helping. I think we could all learn to be more kind and giving in this complicated world.

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    • The way you described generosity was so gracious, it was like you were writing a poem. I wouldn’t have imagined reading an essay like this; it’s just a description which makes it different from the other essays and it still means a lot

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    • It’s almost similar to treat others how you would want to be treated because when you treat someone or display generosity you will receive it in return and also possibly spread this to other individuals. For example if someone acts with generosity than someone may act the same way almost like an act of pay it forward. If you are treated with generosity than you will treat others and pass that generosity on to the next person.

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    • You described generosity in such a strong and impactful way. The way you told it stands as more of a description than an actual essay but it still meant so much. And the way you wrote it just goes to show that this means a lot to you. =

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  2. “A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal”, was once said by an incredible author and behavioral scientist, Steve Maraboli. A gesture could simply be a simple phrase, the most genuine smile or the most comforting hug. The absolute biggest or smallest gesture can change someone’s day dramatically.
    Having volunteered at an organization that provides food and clothing to the homeless has been the most rewarding experience of my life. There isn’t a time that goes by that I don’t receive a simple “Thank you”. On a daily basis you either receive or say, “Thank you”, but the kind of “Thank you” I receive while volunteering is just something different. It’s overly powerful and just completely changes my day. What I love the most about giving is the feeling of not receiving materialistic things in return but rather acknowledging something far more powerful. The way that some homeless people kindly treat you at their absolute lowest point and feel grateful for receiving just a piece of clothing is incredible. I personally find it quite inspiring. One particular encounter with a homeless man was absolutely touching, listening to him saying, “Thank you for all you do” countlessly and listening to his story not only brought tears to my eyes but made me realize to never take anything, not a single thing for granted. I know this may be an overused cliche but it’s true. In this world where many things are taken for granted, it is hard to see on a daily basis for people to be grateful for the simple things until they no longer have it.
    I believe no matter your background or your beliefs you should always give a hand to the ones in need not only because it’s the right thing to do but because it will highly benefit you in understanding a stronger aspect of life.

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    • Rita, I enjoyed reading your response to this topic, it reminded me of when I used to volunteer at soup kitchens with my family. I hope you continue to do all that you do to help the less fortunate in the community.

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    • I loved reading this! It is so true that the smallest act of kindness can change someone’s day completely- I know it has happened to me! Volunteerism is so rewarding, and I hope you continue doing it!

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  3. Generosity is a simple human act that goes a long way for many people. Whether it be someone giving a a homeless person some change on the street, or giving one of your best friends a bite of your sandwich, that simple act can change someone’s life. I believe that generosity is the greatest human trait someone could have. When people are selfless and care about anyone other than themselves, the world will be a much better place to be in. I volunteered at a homeless shelter over the summer to help give out supplies for the needy. I gave this man a bag of food and clothes, and I watched him as he was leaving. Outside the shelter this was this mom and her son that needed help. Instead of the man taking the things that I had just given him for himself, he gave it all away to help the young boy and his mom. Seeing this act of kindness in front of me, spoke loudly to me. It showed me how there are still very generous people in this world. The man needed the supplies I had given him, but sacrificed himself for that poor mother and child. I hope one day top achieve that level of generosity, and for many others to as well.

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    • I completely agree with you. You have no idea how much of an impact that you can make in another person’s life and how much a simple act of generosity can mean to someone. A generous act can turn around a person’s day

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    • I think that this is awesome. Any act like this can have the biggest impact on a persons life. If everyone did a little something like this just once in their life, the world would be such a better place. With all of the hate and negativity in the world today, acts like these make it seem like the world can get better.

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  4. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”. This famous quote by Maya Angelou emphasizes the importance of generosity. I believe that generosity is essential in today’s society. There is so much hate in this world and it causes people to forget that we have the power to do better. Acts of generosity can brighten someone’s day or give them a hope for a better tomorrow. Something as simple as holding the door for someone or saying “thank you” to a waiter in a restaurant can bring a smile to their faces. These small acts of generosity are important because it reminds us that we have the power to help those who need it the most. When I went to New York to see a Broadway show, there were many homeless people on the street. I remember seeing this one woman sitting on the sidewalk in Times Square. She looked very cold and I noticed she did not have any arms. My family and I felt for her and put some money in her donations jar. It shocked me to see how many people saw her sitting there and just kept walking. All of them had the power to bring a little more light into her life but chose not to. This is why generosity is so important. Once we are able to give others these gracious acts, we can start to empathize with the people we help. It will give us more of an open mind and a stronger understanding of the world around us. Then we can help others, and ourselves, try to make the world a better place.

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    • I love that quote! I totally agree with you that so many people have the opportunity to make a difference yet so few choose to. It’s a shame because being kind and generous is rewarding in and of itself. I also love how you discuss how to continue the movement. To let others know they can choose to be kind instead of self interested.

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    • The quote that you chose is very fitting to your statement. I also agree that everyone has the power to make a difference in other people’s lives. Your real life example of the homeless person in NYC was very impactful and touching.

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    • The quote that you started with was great! Your example that you used from your own life really portrayed the quote, and it was heartfelt. I agree with you on how important it is to treat each other with generous acts, and how upsetting it is when people don’t recognize that sometimes.

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  5. Generosity is one of the most important qualities a person can have. People can demonstrate this in so many ways. It can be as simple as holding the door for a stranger or it could be raising money for charity. Each year, for the last five years, I have a participated in an event called Homeless Awareness Weekend. It takes place in November and volunteers come from all the towns nearby to help raise awareness and money for the homeless in our area. It helps the homeless pay for necessities such as food, water, clothes, and so much more. Many people are very generous and donate up to hundreds of dollars for this charity, but every small donation helps, too. Every year there is a guest speaker who shares their story. They explain what caused them to be homeless and how this organization has helped them individually. Many of the speakers mention that it isn’t their fault they became homeless. Some of the speakers had a disabled family member they had to care for or there was another unfortunate situation. As they share their experiences, it makes me realize how the work I’m putting in helps the less fortunate in my area. People all around the world demonstrate generosity like this every day. If more people were to demonstrate this quality, the world would be much better. When one demonstrates their generosity, not only does it make them feel better about themselves as a person, but it also makes the other person feel appreciated. Being generous to one another has so many positives, that it may not even be realized by everyone. I believe that everyone should at least be nice to one another because the benefits are endless.

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  6. I believe that generosity can be a stepping stone for success in an individual’s life. Growing up, I continuously volunteered at my local church’s bible camp for younger children. When it first began, I felt like I was missing out on one of my last weeks of summer. When I arrived at the camp the rush of energy took me by surprise, and soon my blank stare changed to a smile. Upon walking up to the church I could see all the little kids anxiously awaiting to see what was in store for the day. I was responsible for the crafts section of the day, so I prepared the activity patiently waiting for the children to arrive. As soon as twelve o’clock hit the children came pouring into the room. They looked up at me anxious to get started. As I sat back watching the children cut shapes I became captivated by how they handle themselves. One of the children, Bobby, was diligently working on his craft when another camper took his scissors from him. When Bobby went to take his scissors back the other camper began to tear up, explaining how it was not fair he was so far ahead. Rather than reacting with violence or anger Bobby merely looked over at the other boy and offered his help. Together they cut out the remaining shapes and finished their crafts together. On the next day, Bobby and his new friend, Luke, sat down together. As I began passing out the craft for that day they asked to do it together. Once again, I sat back and observed the two of them passing pieces back and forth smiling and laughing. In that moment I realized the value of generosity. Instead of starting a fight Bobby generously offered his help to another boy in need. This generosity allowed Bobby and Luke to build a relationship. It is important to understand how small gestures can affect your own life, but also the lives around you. After the camp ended that week I was excited to get back to the summer before school started all over again. Once again, I returned the following year to see Bobby and Luke getting out of the car together. If Bobby had reacted in a selfish way the first day they met the chances they would be friends is slim. This small example of generosity helped to teach me that in life what may seem like something insignificant could be the stepping stone for something much greater.

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  7. I believe that generosity is what fuels progress. Without the generosity and selflessness of those around us. We would be simply stuck, never making any progress as people. For example, when doing medical research to cure a fatal disease, there needs to be a person generous enough to volunteer for testing to ensure the safety of the cure. Without that person, the cure is never tested, and it never makes its way to help the patients with the fatal disease. Generosity can inspire people to give back and do better for each other, it’s simply the most important aspect of our lives

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  8. While working as a cashier might not sound like a difficult job or one that doesn’t teach a person important life lessons, I have learned a lot about myself and others through this job. While I generally consider myself a respectful and nice person, kindness is something that does not always come easily for me when someone is rude or unkind to me. Working as a cashier, I deal with a lot of unhappy and disrespectful people on a daily basis. While there are plenty of kind customers, there are a lot that do not treat me with the respect that I think all human beings deserve. In the past when a customer has been rude to me, I have wanted to respond in a similar manner. But I have realized that fighting fire with fire results in a bigger fire.
    I’ve also realized that, while it might seem easy to judge a person as mean or rude, I don’t know what they might be going through at the moment or what they have faced in the past. I want to be a person that is kind regardless of the way I am treated and I want to be a person that makes other people’s days better. Being kind to someone who is rude or unkind is not being a pushover or losing a battle; it is being the bigger person, which is something I have learned through this job. I believe in kindness and the difference it can make in the world.

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  9. In life, whether they may be good or bad, there are many different traits that make up a person. Throughout my life, I have always asked myself what makes a good person a good person. After much thought, I decided that the two most valuable traits in a person to be generosity and honesty. This post won’t talk focus much on honesty, as many people already know why it’s a valuable trait due to common sense. The dictionary defines generosity as the quality of being kind and generous. Although this definition may be sufficient, it does not capture the magnitude of how generosity may impact someone’s life. Although we hear about grand acts of generosity on the news and on social media, even a small acts of generosity such as giving spare change to the homeless, holding the door open for people walking in behind you or even something as small as smiling at a worker doing it’s job can be enough to warm one’s heart for the rest of the day, and in some instances, a much longer time. In a day and age full of hate and cynicism, doing acts of kindness out of your own heart is truly what this world needs. Sometimes, I feel as if many people forget about this in their day to day lives. Although generosity typically implies giving away without expecting anything in return, as much as an oxymoron as it sounds, those who are generous truly have the most in life.

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  10. All my life, my family has instilled in me the importance of sharing my kindness with the world. As a person who always strives to care for others around me, I believe that the slightest bit of generosity to each other can make a significant difference.
    Recently, my senior class service project allowed my classmates and I to share our acts of kindness at the Saint Mathieu’s Home in Fall River, a home for disadvantaged women. Here we were able to paint and design bedrooms for the women living there, clean and fix the whole house, and build stronger relationships with the women, as well as, with each other. Through everything we accomplished, as a class we were able to bring so much happiness to the lives of the women living in the home. Personally, this experience allowed me to grow the most because I felt as though I was doing something so significant out of the kindness of my heart, and I knew it was going to make such a large, positive impact. Overall, knowing I was able to make such a difference in these women’s lives truly made me feel as though I was following in what my family has taught me.
    This one experience helped me to realize how far acts of kindness can go, and has encouraged me to continue to spread this type of affection all throughout my life. By radiating kindness to others, it is so rewarding to know you are bringing people happiness and motivating them to share in their own generous efforts. Through following all of my parents teachings, I believe this has helped me to become the woman I am today and continues to help me build a stronger foundation for my future.

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  11. I genuinely believe that kindness and giving to other is what makes the world go round. Why tear others down and judge them when you can just be kind and offer help? I have personally been on the giving and receiving end of generosity. When my grandfather was sick my mother had to fly out to take care of him. Our whole community came together to help my dad and I with meals and kind words. I will never forget the warmth and unity that I felt and I want to continue to spread that feeling. Nothing good stems from being selfish, it only cuts off good interactions that could’ve been had. Giving to someone when capable of doing so only increases the amount of happiness that there is in the world. Nothing is taken from you, but rather it is given. Both the person helped and the helped grow closer to each other, and they gain trust in each other. Seeing someone in a vulnerable state and offering help instead of judging their situation is very powerful and kind. Sometimes it’s hard to not judge people, but even if the first thought that comes is to judge, that thought can be pushed aside. I truly believe that if everyone could step out of their own perspective and into someone else’s, the world would be a more loving and giving place. I actively have tried to stop and think before I judge people and it has helped me to be a more generous person.

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    • I agree with this statement completely. I also believe that being selfish does not gain you anything except for a cold heart and interacting less.

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  12. One of my strongest beliefs is that generosity can so greatly impact someone’s life. Even if it is something as minuscule as sitting and conversing with someone who is all alone at lunch. That interaction that you my see as nothing could completely change that person’s outlook in life. Maybe they were having the worst day of their life and you sitting there and talking to them helped them through it. Or maybe they were feeling so down about themselves thinking no one would ever want to be their friend, then you show up and make them feel so much more confident and worthy. I will never forget the time when my sister, mother, grandmother, and I went into Boston to disperse clothes, socks, and food to the homeless community. Sure, some of them were not the nicest, but that was only a small fraction of them. When most of them finally got something you could see the change in them. Just the happiness and the tears in their eyes made my heart burst. They see hundreds of people on a daily basis walking on the street with no care in the world. This small gesture changed their day and maybe even helped them with more than I could ever imagine. I find it absolutely amazing how an act of generosity, no matter how big or small, can make someone feel a little less alone in the world. If everyone in our country and even our world could make these generous actions towards anybody, a friend, a coworker, or even a stranger, this big, scary world may feel more like a blessing than a curse.

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  13. I am not religious. In no way, shape, or form do I believe in God or a higher power. Yet I currently have and plan to always have a rosary hanging from the rear view mirror in my car. This beautiful green and white rosary has a logo for a school called St. Mary’s on it. I never went to St. Mary’s, to be honest, I have no idea where St. Marys even is but the rosary is special because it was a gift given to me when I was having a rough time with life. My old high school principal gave me this as a departing present, but also told me about how wonderful a person Mother Teresa was. He told me that if she’d seen be at that moment. Covered in snot, sweat, and tears would still give me this great big hug. He said this woman would take me in her arms and spread a kind and compassionate love for everyone. His gift reminds me every day to be kind. You never know or understand what someone else may be going through so I have learned to treat everyone with the utmost kindness and share a smile. It’s odd that such a religious thing has such a simple yet profound impact on my life. I may not say Hail Mary when I see it, but I do remember to smile, to radiate a warm and welcoming aura so that others can smile and feel a little bit better about their day. I’m a big proponent in the idea that a smile can change someone’s day. Smiling is something I do a lot to be completely honest, but I’m a believer that everyone can be kind. Some just need to have a daily reminder to spread kindness and good vibes in our community and society. For me, a rosary helps me spread kindness in hopes of creating a better, happier place to live, learn, and grow for everyone.

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  14. Generosity is the act of being kind, no matter how big or how small the gesture may be. I work in the restaurant business as a server and I’m starting to realize that each day I’m meeting more unkind people than kind or generous people. It makes doing the job tough because when a customer is rude to you or doesn’t thank you or even greet you when you introduce yourself at the table, it can ruin the whole day and really change a person’s mood. I believe that no matter what, a person should always act their best and be as generous as they can because even a “how are you today?” can go a long way. Small acts of generosity such as holding a door, wishing someone well, or just putting a smile on your face during a conversation can really uplift a person when they’re down. Of course, I do come across really nice and generous people and those are the customers that I get to have conversations with and learn a little bit about their life story and they’ll keep coming back and become one of our “regulars”. Wherever you go, whoever you meet, always put forth a smile and be generous to them cause you never know what affect you’ll have on them.

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    • I totally agree with your stance of meeting more and more unkind people. I work in retail and have noticed the exact same trend. Typically, I try to be extremely nice to the rude customers I come across as it typically makes them uncomfortable with the way they had been behaving.

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  15. Generosity is a crucial trait for a person to have. Even the smallest acts can go a long way. Although this was something I did not recognize until recently. By the beginning of my junior year of high school I’ve never done much outside of school. I wasn’t part of any clubs or did any volunteering. Volunteer hours we’re not mandatory to graduate so I never planned on doing so. That was until my friend told me about becoming an assistant at a local Catholic church school. I’ve been going to this same school my whole life and just a year prior got confirmed. I’ve always had fond memories from there being a student so I though it would be interesting to see what it was like being an assistant. As well as hangout with my friend every Monday. Most classes I didn’t do much. Mainly passed out papers and put the folding chairs away once all the kids left. I didn’t think I was going to get much out of this experience up until we were getting ready to go on a weekend long retreat. Each assistant had the task of writing a speech to give to the kids throughout each day. Since both me and my friend went on this same retreat last year our prompt was to talk about our experience to try and make the students more comfortable. I’ve always been a very shy kid and was terrified of talking in front of crowds. Although I stuck with it and gave the speech. Afterwords a line of people came up to me and told me how great of a job I did and how much it was going to go them get through retreat. Every since I’ve had a much easier time with public speaking and speaking to others in general. Throughout that weekend I got to talk with most of the students and hear they’re stories. Helping some out in the process. I got the opportunity to learn how much I enjoy helping other people and just how generosity can change one’s life. And sometimes even yours.

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  16. Would you consider yourself to be a generous person? Think about it; when was the last time that you held the door for the person behind you? Or offered to help someone carry in their groceries? What about the last time you said, “thank you”? A vast majority would like to consider themselves as generous; however, many of us forget about the simple things such as please and thank you.

    The amazing thing about generosity is that we all possess the power to share it with others. In today’s world we need generosity more than ever before. There is so much hate and negativity being spread around; and with what value? None! I don’t know about you, but I can vaguely remember the last time there was a positive story on the news or being talked about in conversation. Far too often we hear about all the tragedies happening around the world, and while it is important for us to learn and grow from those unfortunate events, it is also vital that we speak up about all the positive things that take place.

    We all must be willing and able to give an expect nothing in return in hopes of spreading generosity. When a true act of generosity is performed one should feel empowered, whole, or simply happy. A simple and effective way to do this is by giving back to the community in which we live. This could be anything from serving at a local food pantry, volunteering to pick up trash in your neighborhood, to working for a non-profit organization. I believe that if we all work together to share our individual generosity we can make the world a more generous place.

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  17. What is generosity ? Generosity is the quality of being kind, and giving. I believe that we all have to be more generous, by doing so people will feel better about themselves and do better. When we are not showing these types of acts it is just wasted time, in my opinion. I feel that it increases human interaction and spreads positivity. Being a kind person can never go wrong, the only things that happen from being kind is making someones day a little better. Acts of generosity can be shown by sharing your lunch with a friend who forgot to pack one, buying your friend something they can’t afford but you can, just to show them you care. It can even be something so little as letting your little sister borrow one of your shirts that she really likes, any way that you can some how make someone smile, and give back, should definitely be one of your top priorities. Theres nothing wrong with making somebody day a little brighter, it will make you feel better about yourself in the end too.

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  18. This I believe that a simple act of kindness can make someone’s day. In our day to day life we never know what someone’s going through or how they’re feeling. With a simple smile, compliment, or even a caring text message can make someone’s day better and can even turn out to be the highlight of their week. Everything and anything we say or show in our actions can change someone’s feelings in either a negative or positive way, that’s why we have to be careful with how we come out to others because it can either help them or worsen. Many people say actions speak louder than words but i’m a believer that they both say a lot in equal ways. Giving someone a hug or comfort can give the same positive affect as giving them a compliment or sending a caring message. As long as you’re spreading love, kindness, respect and positive vibes it’ll all make someone’s day better than it was.

    One of my personal experiences is when I was going through a rough time where i felt alone and had no self motivation or confidence to do anything due to the negative vibes around me. When i shut myself out from everyone, they found their way in by either sending me comforting messages and giving me compliments and just always transmitting love through hugs, smiles, and even taking me out to eat with them. These actions showed me love and tender which made me feel content that I even found myself forgetting the whole reason i was upset that day because of how much my mood was brought up considering i was surrounded by positive vibes.

    Not only have I experienced this but i’ve seen how people’s actions affect people’s moods. It’s not very hard to catch good people with good hearts doing good deeds in this world. Their was this one time where I was walking down the busy hall with so many people rushing to class where all you could hear was the stomping sound of every step they took and the roaring of all the voices talking at once until someone accidentally tripped and dropped all of their things on the floor in the middle of that busy hallway. You could see her mood start to drop down where all you could think was “Imagine if that was me” or “Should I help her or not?” some even giggle about it, but all of a sudden, in a split second her mood shifted when another student stopped what they were doing and helped her pick up her things while another also help her up back to her feet instead of being rude or ignorant and walk right by like they don’t see anything.

    It’s the simplest little things that we do that make a big impact. I strongly believe that positivity does not spread enough, but it’s never too late to start spreading it and make someone’s day. Who knows bringing up someone else’s mood can bring up your very own by looking at the smile on their face. I believe our kind simple acts transmit positive vibes in other lives and in your very own.

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  19. Generosity to me is something I practice every single day. I believe simple acts of generosity can help make everybody’s day a little better and help make it a bit easier. I believe that where there is generosity, a little selfishness is needed as well. Sometimes you need to check in with yourself and make sure you have enough energy to make sure you’re happy along with the people around you. We share this world with seven billion people, there’s no need to be selfish and stingy. We need generosity. Generosity is joining hands with the people around you and being there when someone needs you. Instead of being selfish, why not take the extra step to make somebody else smile. Maybe a friend is short a couple dollars or maybe your mom needs help bringing in groceries. It feels good for everybody when someone takes the extra step to help out. Think about it; how does helping someone out or making someone smile negatively affect you? It doesn’t! The world would be a happier, better place if everyone would have a giving heart and a helping hand.

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  20. I believe that through little acts of kindness can we can have a big impact on the world. Even though we are a very wealthy country we still seem to be very unhappy. Why is that? I think it is because we are all so focused on trying to make ourselves happy that we don’t have the time to be kind to others and think, what would make my friends happy or my parents happy? And we get so caught up in ourselves that we never find out the truth that we can find true happiness in bringing joy to others, witch in turn will bring happiness to us that is forever rather then the fleeting happiness that the world offers us in material things. During my summer going into my sophomore year I went on a mission trip to an orphanage in Haiti. During the week we painted an elderly center, move rocks to make the foundation for a new home, and spent time playing with the kids. When we were about to get on the bus to take an eight hour ride on a rocky dirt rode in ninety-five degree weather back to the airport I remember feeling so much joy as I looked at these kids who had absolutely nothing little food, no money, no real family, but the one thing they had was happiness because they knew they were loved because of the time we took to spend with them. I believe that if everyone took a little time to help another person out whether it be volunteering at a soup kitchen, talking with someone you know who just needs someone to talk to or doing something as small as holding a door for someone we could all find a lasting happiness.

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  21. It’s a simple fact that doing good in return makes you feel good. So by displaying simple acts of generosity not only are we doing a favor to others, but a favor to ourselves. Often the most successful people are the most generous too. “No man can become rich without himself enriching others” is a standard set by Pioneering American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie for giving back. Generally, we see that people tend not to show generosity to strangers because they are too busy wrapped up in their own lives. But it is always the simple acts of letting a car go that has been waiting forever, holding the door open for someone or a simple smile that can make someone’s day. Working in fast food, you are faced with a variety of people everyday. Most customers are there for the sole purpose of getting what they want and getting out. So displaying generosity isn’t something they usually do. Rather they might come in with attitudes and rude remarks. That’s why I truly believe that a smile goes a long way, because just by me smiling to the customers, I am able to see an instant mood change. Not only will they usually smile back, but they seem to be in a better mood. And when customers are in good moods they will then say their “thank you”s and “please”s, leave tips, and on rare occasions a customer will pay for the person in front or in back of them. A simple act like that truly makes all the difference. So the next time you’re out, always remember that something so simple can make the biggest impact.

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  22. In my own understanding, generosity is the genuine act of giving something you have for the betterment of someone else. That something can be literally anything- big or small, physical or non-physical. It could be as simple as making someone smile or laugh or even just lending a listening ear when they need someone to talk to. Giving freely from ones heart, free of possible adherent shadow intentions, without expectation of reciprocity or recognition- that, is what generosity is to me.
    I worked at a local restaurant during the summer to make a little money on the side, one day I found a fancy wallet lying on the ground near the front entrance of the restaurant. It was stuffed with money. I counted approximately $500.
    At this point most people would probably have taken the money and left. But I knew the correct thing to do was return the wallet to its rightful owner, so I held onto it meaning to take it to the police station at after my shift ended. Later on that day before I was due to leave I heard a young man, and his wife on crutches, claiming a lost wallet and filling in the appropriate forms while talking to the main desk using if anyone had been it. I immediately handed the wallet to the front desk, they quickly checked the ID, and returned the wallet to the couple. The couple were astonished to see all the money and their belongings still untouched and thanked me numerous times for returning their wallet to them. In return the young man even gave me a $50 reward. I felt good about returning the money. Many people might think It was dumb of me to return the wallet with all the money. Others might think I am a saint fir doing so. I think Im just a good example of human kindness and generosity.

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  23. Without kind acts, the world we live in can be a cruel place. One way to truly push back against the awful things that happen is by countering with generous deeds. I was once taught that being kind is not a choice if you expect to have a happy life. Without giving something back, whether it is time or effort, to the people who care about you, it is easy to lose the people who mean the most. Honestly, when it comes down to it, it isn’t that hard to be generous. By working in retail, I learned that there are many people who go out of their way to be mean to other people. There is definitively no point in doing this as it just makes people bitter. It is very easy to just act kind and go about your business instead of ruining someone’s day. This may seem like acting regularly or as though acting in a nice way does not show true generosity, but in today’s society, kindness is becoming harder to find. Everyone has bad days, and it is unrealistic to pretend we don’t. That being said, however, there needs to be more emphasis on healthy ways to relieve stress instead of taking things out on the people around you.

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