The Buddha said that if we understood the power of generosity as deeply as he did, we would never sit down to a meal without sharing it.
Generosity is giving of one’s self through either spirit, time, money, or anything else to someone who is in need. Synonyms: magnanimity, lavishness, openhandedness, unselfishness, kindness, charity, goodness
“The modern English word ‘generosity’ derives from the Latin word generōsus, which means ‘of noble birth,’ which itself was passed down to English through the Old French word genereu.” (University of Notre Dame, 2014)
Generosity came increasingly to identify with various admirable qualities that could now vary from person to person, depending not on family history but on whether a person actually possessed the qualities. (University of Notre Dame, 2014)
Established in 2009 with a $5 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation. Notre Dame research group conducting interviews around the country in order to understand why some people practice generosity and others don’t. (University of Notre Dame, 2014)
How interdisciplinary research is helping drive the questions behind “why are people generous?” http://www.youtube.co m/watch?v=2Lsenpo7G 1U http://www.youtube.co m/watch?v=2Lsenpo7G 1U
What makes people generous? Why would someone go to the Red Cross and let someone put a needle in their arm? http://www.youtube.co m/watch?v=wVsPUKSK W8k http://www.youtube.co m/watch?v=wVsPUKSK W8k
Bill Gates “It doesn’t relate to any particular religion; it’s about human dignity and equality,” he says. “The golden rule that all lives have equal value and we should treat people as we would like to be treated.” “I’m certainly well taken care of in terms of food and clothes,” he says, redundantly. “Money has no utility to me beyond a certain point. Its utility is entirely in building an organization and getting the resources out to the poorest in the world.” (Tweedie, 2013)
Warren Buffett Buffett has committed that his entire Berkshire Hathaway holding, north of $58 billion, will be donated before or at his death, with a further mandate that it will be put to use within ten years of the latter. (Lane, 2013)
You don't give someone a goat for a gift and still hold on to the rope.
After a devastating fire in 2011, Jenn Leary formed her organization and teamed up with the local chapter of the American Red Cross. Now, whenever the Red Cross responds to a disaster and discovers that an animal is involved, they call Leary. She believes it's the only partnership of its kind in the United States -- one she hopes to replicate in other cities. http://www.cnn.com/2014/ 04/10/us/cnnheroes-leary/ http://www.cnn.com/2014/ 04/10/us/cnnheroes-leary/
Maya Angelou on Nelson Mandela’s amazing generosity despite being jailed for 27 years – http://www.youtube.co m/watch?v=z39aNGSX byI http://www.youtube.co m/watch?v=z39aNGSX byI “People tend to measure themselves by external accomplishments, but jail allows a person to focus on internal ones; such as honesty, sincerity, simplicity, humility, generosity and an absence of variety. You learn to look into yourself.” Nelson Mandela
Kids Just talk about it. Use the course of a year to introduce kids to opportunities. That way, they won’t be shocked when you ask them to stuff their own money into an envelope. Give children a small amount of money on a regular basis, then teach them to save some, spend some and give some away. Pick a family charity for the year and have a conversation about how you all can help throughout the year. Think of this not as something you must teach, but as something to expose them to. (Joyce, 2013)
Then said a rich man, "Speak to us of Giving." And he answered: You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. For what are your possessions but things you keep and guard for fear you may need them tomorrow? And tomorrow, what shall tomorrow bring to the overprudent dog burying bones in the trackless sand as he follows the pilgrims to the holy city? And what is fear of need but need itself? Is not dread of thirst when your well is full, thirst that is unquenchable? There are those who give little of the much which they have - and they give it for recognition and their hidden desire makes their gifts unwholesome. And there are those who have little and give it all. These are the believers in life and the bounty of life, and their coffer is never empty. There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward. And there are those who give with pain, and that pain is their baptism. And there are those who give and know not pain in giving, nor do they seek joy, nor give with mindfulness of virtue; They give as in yonder valley the myrtle breathes its fragrance into space. Though the hands of such as these God speaks, and from behind their eyes He smiles upon the earth.
It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding; And to the open-handed the search for one who shall receive is joy greater than giving And is there aught you would withhold? All you have shall some day be given; Therefore give now, that the season of giving may be yours and not your inheritors'. You often say, "I would give, but only to the deserving." The trees in your orchard say not so, nor the flocks in your pasture. They give that they may live, for to withhold is to perish. Surely he who is worthy to receive his days and his nights is worthy of all else from you. And he who has deserved to drink from the ocean of life deserves to fill his cup from your little stream. And what desert greater shall there be than that which lies in the courage and the confidence, nay the charity, of receiving? And who are you that men should rend their bosom and unveil their pride, that you may see their worth naked and their pride unabashed? See first that you yourself deserve to be a giver, and an instrument of giving. For in truth it is life that gives unto life - while you, who deem yourself a giver, are but a witness. And you receivers - and you are all receivers - assume no weight of gratitude, lest you lay a yoke upon yourself and upon him who gives. Rather rise together with the giver on his gifts as on wings; For to be overmindful of your debt, is to doubt his generosity who has the free-hearted earth for mother, and God for father. ---Khalil Gabron
To see generosity in action, the movie “The Blind Side” epitomizes what it means to give to someone in need. Sandra Bullock won an Oscar for her portrayal of Leigh Anne Tuohy.
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein http://www.youtube.co m/watch?v=1TZCP6Oq RlE http://www.youtube.co m/watch?v=1TZCP6Oq RlE
“That's what I consider true generosity: You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.” ― Simone de BeauvoirSimone de Beauvoir “Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.” ― Henry Wadsworth LongfellowHenry Wadsworth Longfellow “The wise man does not lay up his own treasures. The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.” ― Lao TzuLao Tzu
Joyce, A., November 21, 2013. How to help a young child learn generosity. The Washington Post. Retrieved from http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/on-parenting/how-to-help-a-young-child-learn- generosity/2013/11/21/ea55bfa2-514f-11e3-9e2c-e1d01116fd98_story.htmlhttp://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/on-parenting/how-to-help-a-young-child-learn- generosity/2013/11/21/ea55bfa2-514f-11e3-9e2c-e1d01116fd98_story.html Lane, R., Dec 2, 2013. Forbes.com, The 50 Philanthropists Who Have Given Away The Most Money. Retrieved from http://www.forbes.com/sites/randalllane/2013/11/18/the-50-philanthropists-who-have-given- away-the-most-money/http://www.forbes.com/sites/randalllane/2013/11/18/the-50-philanthropists-who-have-given- away-the-most-money/ University of Notre Dame 2014, College of Arts and Letters. The Science of Generosity. Retrieved from http://generosityresearch.nd.edu http://generosityresearch.nd.edu Toner, K., April 10, 2014, Former firefighter rescues pets in disasters. www.cnn.com.www.cnn.com Tweedie, N., January 18, 2013. Bill Gates interview: I have no use for money. This is God’s work. The Telegraph. Retrieved from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/bill-gates/9812672/Bill-Gates-interview- I-have-no-use-for-money.-This-is-Gods-work.html