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8 Simple And Easy Ways To Become More Generous

8 Simple And Easy Ways To Become More Generous

Being generous can have profound effects on people. When you give, you can greatly help others, and you feel better too. One awesome example of giving is by the world’s wealthiest people who participate in The Giving Pledge, a pledge to give most of their wealth to philantrophy. However, even if you’re not wealthy, you can still make a lasting effect by being giving.

If you’d like to increase your giving, here are some simple and easy ways to become more generous.

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1. Be creative

No money to give? No problem. You can get creative and be giving of your time. There are likely dozens, if not hundreds, of organizations within your community that would love help from volunteers. From volunteering to pick up litter, to rocking babies in the hospital, the possibilities are endless. You can also be giving of your support. By offering a listening ear or words of encouragement, you can help brighten someone’s day.

2. Donate blood

Another creative way to be giving is to donate blood. Your blood donation can save someone’s life. According to United Blood Services, medical advances, modern surgical techniques (such as open heart surgery and cancer treatments), and the aging baby boomer generation have increased the need for blood. Your blood donation can be used for specific treatments for various illnesses or injuries. If you’re not a qualified donor, you can volunteer to help at a blood drive or raise awareness of the need for blood.

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3. Donate items

If you have clothes, toys, or household items you don’t use often, consider donating them. There are likely families nearby – or far away – who would be very grateful to make excellent use of your gently used possessions. Decluttering your environment can also lead to long-term positive changes in your life. Plus, your donations to certain places are tax deductible.

4. Give your talents

You have the ability to make an impact on the world that nobody else can. When you cultivate your strengths and passions, and become more of who you naturally are, you can give the world the best of yourself, and maximize your effect. Not sure what you’re passionate about? This workbook is a great start. Take time to discover your passion and give yourself opportunities to share your gifts with the world.

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5. Start small

If you’re considering a financial gift to a charity, you can start small. Tiny amounts add up over time, and you’ll never notice a strain on your finances if you start small. You’d be amazed how far a small donation can go.

6. Host a party for a purpose

One creative way to give is to host a party and ask your guests to bring something specific that you’ll all donate. For example, you can ask everyone to bring a few canned goods for the food pantry or a box of diapers for a diaper drive. Or, you can all bring a Christmas gift and put the gifts together for a famly in need in your community.

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7. Involve the entire family

Kids love to be involved, and it’s great to teach them to have giving hearts. You can help your kids set up a lemonade stand to raise money to benefit a classmate who is ill or sort food at the local food pantry together. Looking for online giving ideas for your family? Check out these suggestions by Forbes for charity sites to teach kids about giving.

8. Give when life ends

You can continue to give even when your life ends. Consider being an organ donor, and make sure your family knows your wishes. Or, give thought to donating your body for medical education and research. The study of deeded bodies is a vital part of learning human anatomy. When you donate your body, you greatly help teach the next generation of medical and dental students, nurses, physical and occupational therapy students, and other health care professionals.

When you live to give, you’re practicing one of the important 7 Mindsets of happiness and success. Incorporating the live to give mindset in your life can significantly change your life, and the lives of others around you.

Now I’d love to hear your ideas of how to be more generous!

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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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