What’s Sweeter Than Chocolate?

by Network for Good Specialist on ‎02-14-2014 3:00 AM, EST

By Allison McGuire | @CaliMcG

 

What makes today so special? No, it’s not the oodles of chocolate (those should be a regular occurrence). It’s Generosity Day!

 

Box of chocolates 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?

 

 

Photo is author's own.


   

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