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7 Reasons Why Truly Generous People Are Better Partners

7 Reasons Why Truly Generous People Are Better Partners

Today’s world is dominated with stories of selfishness and greed, but that’s only because these are the stories that grab headlines. The truth is, generosity is all around us, but generous people simply don’t make a big deal over their efforts. When dating a generous person, you can be assured that your partner is a genuine, giving person who will always think of others regardless of the situation.

1. They’re altruistic

Generous people actively look for ways to give back to the world community, regardless of whether or not they get anything in return. Altruistic people actually become more fulfilled the more they give of themselves. They give in every way, whether monetarily, materialistically, or emotionally. When dating an altruistic person, you may need to actually make sure they don’t burn themselves out by being too giving.

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2. They’re optimistic

Generous people always see the good in others, and look on the bright side of every situation. Because of this optimistic outlook, they always act with the best intentions. They’ll always be there to pick you up when you’re feeling down, and will give you the perspective needed to snap yourself out of your funk. And remember: they’ll do anything to help you out of it, too.

3. They’re grateful

By nature, being optimistic means generous people are also grateful. They know there are people who are much less fortunate than they are, so they don’t spend time dwelling on what they don’t have. They’re happy with who they are, what they have, and the people they have around them. Because of this, generous people will never look to others to improve their life, but will always appreciate you for who you are and what you have already done for them.

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4. They’re energetic

Generous people aren’t stagnant whatsoever. They want to make the most out of life, and they usually do so by including others in their exciting plans. When they have something exciting planned, it most likely involves being productive or experiencing something new, rather than the same old routine. If you’re dating a generous person, be prepared to try new activities and truly experience everything the world has to offer.

5. They’re born leaders

Being the energetic people they are, generous people are also born leaders. They’ll be the ones coming up with ideas and making big plans. They also act as role models to all around them. Their energetic optimism is absolutely infectious, and they will make everyone around them want to get up and live life to its fullest. Dating a generous person, you’ll feel like every moment spent sitting around is a moment wasted that could have been spent living life.

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6. They’re introspective

Generous people never look at how others can improve, or how others can treat them better. Instead, they focus on how they can better themselves, and how they can improve the lives of people around them. They don’t play the “blame game” in relationships, and will always look past silly fights and arguments toward how they can change their ways to become a better mate. And they certainly never just blame themselves and have a pity party; they actively want to change, and will work hard to make sure the mistake they made in the past never reoccur.

7. Their generosity is never ending

Generous people really don’t burn out. They’re motivated by others’ happiness, so if you’re dating a generous person, be prepared to get flowers on a random Tuesday night, or be taken out to dinner “just because.” Well, I’m not saying you should need these things to happen, because you definitely shouldn’t take advantage of their generosity. But know that when they do special things for you, it’s because your happiness makes them happy as well. Generous people always have others in mind, because they want to spread the optimism they have for life to the people they care about the most.

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Last Updated on December 3, 2019

10 Life Lessons You’d Better Learn Early on in Life

10 Life Lessons You’d Better Learn Early on in Life

There are so many lessons I wish I had learned while I was young enough to appreciate and apply them. The thing with wisdom, and often with life lessons in general, is that they’re learned in retrospect, long after we needed them. The good news is that other people can benefit from our experiences and the lessons we’ve learned.

Here’re 10 important life lessons you should learn early on:

1. Money Will Never Solve Your Real Problems

Money is a tool; a commodity that buys you necessities and some nice “wants,” but it is not the panacea to your problems.

There are a great many people who are living on very little, yet have wonderfully full and happy lives… and there are sadly a great many people are living on quite a lot, yet have terribly miserable lives.

Money can buy a nice home, a great car, fabulous shoes, even a bit of security and some creature comforts, but it cannot fix a broken relationship, or cure loneliness, and the “happiness” it brings is only fleeting and not the kind that really and truly matters. Happiness is not for sale. If you’re expecting the “stuff” you can buy to “make it better,” you will never be happy.

2. Pace Yourself

Often when we’re young, just beginning our adult journey we feel as though we have to do everything at once. We need to decide everything, plan out our lives, experience everything, get to the top, find true love, figure out our life’s purpose, and do it all at the same time.

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Slow down—don’t rush into things. Let your life unfold. Wait a bit to see where it takes you, and take time to weigh your options. Enjoy every bite of food, take time to look around you, let the other person finish their side of the conversation. Allow yourself time to think, to mull a bit.

Taking action is critical. Working towards your goals and making plans for the future is commendable and often very useful, but rushing full-speed ahead towards anything is a one-way ticket to burnout and a good way to miss your life as it passes you by.

3. You Can’t Please Everyone

“I don’t know the secret to success, but the secret to failure is trying to please everyone” – Bill Cosby.

You don’t need everyone to agree with you or even like you. It’s human nature to want to belong, to be liked, respected and valued, but not at the expense of your integrity and happiness. Other people cannot give you the validation you seek. That has to come from inside.

Speak up, stick to your guns, assert yourself when you need to, demand respect, stay true to your values.

4. Your Health Is Your Most Valuable Asset

Health is an invaluable treasure—always appreciate, nurture, and protect it. Good health is often wasted on the young before they have a chance to appreciate it for what it’s worth.

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We tend to take our good health for granted, because it’s just there. We don’t have to worry about it, so we don’t really pay attention to it… until we have to.

Heart disease, bone density, stroke, many cancers—the list of many largely preventable diseases is long, so take care of your health now, or you’ll regret it later on.

5. You Don’t Always Get What You Want

“Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon

No matter how carefully you plan and how hard you work, sometimes things just don’t work out the way you want them to… and that’s okay.

We have all of these expectations; predetermined visions of what our “ideal” life will look like, but all too often, that’s not the reality of the life we end up with. Sometimes our dreams fail and sometimes we just change our minds mid-course. Sometimes we have to flop to find the right course and sometimes we just have to try a few things before we find the right direction.

6. It’s Not All About You

You are not the epicenter of the universe. It’s very difficult to view the world from a perspective outside of your own, since we are always so focused on what’s happening in our own lives. What do I have to do today? What will this mean for me, for my career, for my life? What do I want?

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It’s normal to be intensely aware of everything that’s going on in your own life, but you need to pay as much attention to what’s happening around you, and how things affect other people in the world as you do to your own life. It helps to keep things in perspective.

7. There’s No Shame in Not Knowing

No one has it all figured out. Nobody has all the answers. There’s no shame in saying “I don’t know.” Pretending to be perfect doesn’t make you perfect. It just makes you neurotic to keep up the pretense of manufactured perfection.

We have this idea that there is some kind of stigma or shame in admitting our limitations or uncertainly, but we can’t possibly know everything. We all make mistakes and mess up occasionally. We learn as we go, that’s life.

Besides—nobody likes a know-it-all. A little vulnerability makes you human and oh so much more relatable.

8. Love Is More Than a Feeling; It’s a Choice

That burst of initial exhilaration, pulse quickening love and passion does not last long. But that doesn’t mean long-lasting love is not possible.

Love is not just a feeling; it’s a choice that you make every day. We have to choose to let annoyances pass, to forgive, to be kind, to respect, to support, to be faithful.

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Relationships take work. Sometimes it’s easy and sometimes it’s incredibly hard. It is up to us to choose how we want to act, think and speak in a relationship.

9. Perspective Is a Beautiful Thing

Typically, when we’re worried or upset, it’s because we’ve lost perspective. Everything that is happening in our lives seems so big, so important, so do or die, but in the grand picture, this single hiccup often means next to nothing.

The fight we’re having, the job we didn’t get, the real or imagined slight, the unexpected need to shift course, the thing we wanted, but didn’t get. Most of it won’t matter 20, 30, 40 years from now. It’s hard to see long term when all you know is short term, but unless it’s life-threatening, let it go, and move on.

10. Don’t Take Anything for Granted

We often don’t appreciate what we have until it’s gone: that includes your health, your family and friends, your job, the money you have or think you will have tomorrow.

When you’re young, it seems that your parents will always be there, but they won’t. You think you have plenty of time to get back in touch with your old friends or spend time with new ones, but you don’t. You have the money to spend, or you think you’ll have it next month, but you might not.

Nothing in your life is not guaranteed to be there tomorrow, including those you love.

This is a hard life lesson to learn, but it may be the most important of all: Life can change in an instant. Make sure you appreciate what you have, while you still have it.

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