As I’ve mentioned before, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, after all, it includes my two favorite words – ‘thanks’ and ‘giving’.
My second favorite holiday is Generosity Day (otherwise known as Valentine’s Day). That’s right, this Friday is a day totally dedicated to doing for others and sending some ripples of kindness out into the world.
If you haven’t heard, Valentine’s Day got a reboot in 2012 as Generosity Day. You can read all about it in my post from last year.
Some people may think a day devoted to generosity and do-gooding is silly and inconsequential — I can’t imagine who they might be, but it’s possible there are skeptics out there. To the doubters, I can only say that there is scientific evidence to support the value of generosity for us as individuals, organizations, and societies. Not only are humans hardwired to be generous, but generosity, kindness, compassion, and empathy improve health and well being outcomes.
Generosity results in a healthier heart — both your literal and metaphorical heart. That’s powerful.
How will you be generous this Friday?