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Generosity



Generosity is the act of giving away what is ours without any expectation of return. While some philosophers argue it is against our biological nature to sacrifice anything without receiving an equivalent personal benefit, many others insist it is actually one of the essential traits that allowed humans to evolve into the complex, relational, community-based creatures that we are. While we often focus our concept of generosity around money, it actually encompasses anything that we perceive to be ours, including time and energy. Those who cultivate generosity often cite both personal good feelings and the increased well-being of those around them as their motivations. While it is hard to truly measure the outcome of any one act of generosity, most ripple outward in tangible and intangible ways, providing increased levels of security, encouragement, freedom, dignity, joy, and support throughout our communities.

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Are You a Giver or a Taker? | Adam Grant

In every workplace, there are three basic kinds of people: givers, takers and matchers. Organizational psychologist Adam Grant breaks down these personalities and offers simple strategies to promote a culture of generosity and keep self-serving employees from taking more than their share.

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Radical Generosity: Unlock the Transformative Power of Giving

Gratitude and generosity go hand in hand. The more we appreciate our lives, the more we want to give to others. In Radical Generosity, best-selling author M. J. Ryan provides tools for expressing thanks.

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The Science of Generosity

This paper presents an overview of research on the science of generosity, predominantly focusing on studies from the past 20 years.

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FindCenterFreedom and love go together. Love is not a reaction. If I love you because you love me, that is mere trade, a thing to be bought in the market; it is not love. To love is not to ask anything in return, not even to feel that you are giving something—and it is only such love that can know freedom.

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Helping Others Makes Us Happier—But It Matters How We Do It | Elizabeth Dunn

Research shows that helping others makes us happier. But in her groundbreaking work on generosity and joy, social psychologist Elizabeth Dunn found that there’s a catch: it matters how we help.

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The Paradox of Generosity: Giving We Receive, Grasping We Lose

Determining why, when, and to whom people feel compelled to be generous affords invaluable insight into positive and problematic ways of life.

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The Real Power of Generosity

When we think about generosity, most of us probably don’t think immediately of a powerful force, an inner resource, a real tool for changing how we relate to ourselves, to others and to our world.

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FindCenterReal generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.

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The Generosity Habit: How Daily Giving Can Change Your Life and Transform the World

MATTHEW KELLY’S BOOKS AND IDEAS have been inspiring men, women, and children of all ages for thirty years. Now he directs our attention toward a single idea that has the power to inject our lives with limitless meaning and purpose, while at the same time transforming the world.

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True Generosity Involves More than Just Giving

Virtues such as generosity are complicated. They involve more than just outward behaviour. A person’s underlying thoughts, feelings and motives matter, too.

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