What makes today so special? No, it’s not the oodles of chocolate (those should be a regular occurrence). It’s Generosity Day!
Generosity what? The idea of moving Valentine’s Day away from dinner reservations and singles awareness towards a day of generous acts began in 2011 by Sasha Dichter, Scott Case, Ellen McGirt, and Katya Andresen.
The concept is shockingly simple: Today, think about ways to be generous and then…just…be generous.
Stumped on how to start? Try some of these:
- Write an email to someone you admire, explaining why they inspire you.
- Hold the door for a large group of people. Smile while doing so.
- Give the gift of charity to your employees. Pass along the ‘helper’s high’.
- Call someone you appreciate. See what’s new in their life.
- Buy coffee for the person behind you in line (even if they order a triple, venti soy mocha).
- Create a fundraising campaign for your favorite charity. Rally friends and family to join.
- Use the hashtag #SM4SG (social media for social good) to spread good cheer.
- Lavish unsolicited praise on an unsuspecting colleague. Post a note on your intranet or pen a LinkedIn recommendation.
I promise to join you today. I’ll start by saying thank you for participating in Network for Good’s online community. Your work and passion inspires me.
Question for discussion: How will you be generous today?
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