How can you become a more generous person? Let me count the ways…
DELAVAN—Tom Kawczynski will be remembered as a generous people person who never let his inner salesman rest, his son said.
Give some thought to what it would be like to be a part of a generous church, led by a generous staff, overflowing with generous people. While generous people can be described in many ways, I will limit their attributes to this statement: A generous person exudes an overall positive disposition, lives with sensitivity to what is going on around them, and is ready to respond to needs. If we embrace this partial description, a generous staff will exhibit a positive vision, provide a process that develops generosity, and live generously.
Your second question is a lot more subjective. Am I a generous person? I had to give this some very serious thought and I have coe to the conclusion that I can be when the circumstances make it possible. But is that really being generous? A saying I often find myself using is "Oh! It's only money!" when I use some of it to help someone else out. However, when I go to the shopping centre and get accosted by half a dozen raffle ticket sellers asking me to support various charities, I find myself being very selective as to who I will support and who not. For example, I will always support "Guide digs for the Blind' because I get the feeling that, one day, I may need one myself. I will support cancer causes because my son is presently fighting brain cancer (Interestingly, he doesn't need my financial support because, when he first got married, he made very good insurance provisions for himself and his family and so any money I can give is better being given for cancer research. I don't give to Surf Life Saving because I never go to a beach (I hate them) and neither do my family. So I guess that the person selling tickets for Surf Live Savers probably thinks I'm not at all generous when he or she approaches me!
Do you have a generous heart? Are you a generous person?
Spend time with a generous person.
Part of the answer to the question about why some humans are generous is the fact that being a generous person is usually rewarding. To ungenerous people, the idea of giving good things away can feel like a threatening loss to be feared and avoided—which is partly why they do not give. But people who have learned to practice generosity know that their own lives are positively enhanced in various ways by their giving to others, as shown empirically and theorized in depth in my forthcoming book, The Paradox of Generosity: Giving We Receive, Grasping We Lose (Oxford University Press, co-authored with Hilary Davidson). Practicing generosity causally promotes greater happiness, health, emotional wellbeing, and sense of purpose in life. Generosity toward others is thus usually “repaid” in valuable ways, which helps to explain its perpetuation. The next question then becomes what distinguishes people who learn to practice generosity from those who do not? Related QuestionsWhether or not you have a lot of money or material possessions, be a generous person with your time, looking for ways to help your church, other ministries, or people in need. Follow Christs example by showing a passionate concern for others.Yes, giving your resources (such as time, money, and energy) involves making sacrifices. But if you focus beyond the sacrifices to the miraculous results your generosity can accomplish, you can grow into a generous person with God’s help.Who doesn’t love a generous person? Many of us have been blessed by a person who has help us in a time of need, given us advice when we were confused of was just kind when kindness was needed. Where being generous is great for those who are around such people, the habit of generosity does a great deal for the person who practices it as well.