Every day, the news brings stories of people in need. It is easy to become overwhelmed by how great this need is, and this can make you feel as if there is nothing you can do. The truth, however, is that there are many ways to be generous and help your fellow humans. Here are five tips on how to become more generous.
- Practice Gratitude
Being able to give freely to others often starts with an awareness of how much you have to share. Start a gratitude journal. In addition to the benefits that keeping track of your blessings can have for your own mental health, it can also show you areas where you have an abundance.
- Start Small
If you are not accustomed to making donations, it’s a mistake to jump right into committing a significant percentage of your paycheck to even the best cause. Even a $5 monthly donation is a good start. You can always give more later.
- Give Joyously
The wisdom of Maimonides reveals that giving willingly and without negative feelings is the key to true generosity. Focus on the good that your gift does rather than what you may be losing by giving it.
- Reduce Consumption
Many people think they don’t have anything to give because they make purchases without thinking them through. Look at the ways that consumer culture compels you to buy things you don’t really need or want. Fight the urge to do so.
- Partner With Others
If there is a cause you care about, chances are good that there are other people already doing work in that area. Find a group with whom you can volunteer or contribute to the strides they are making.
If you want to become more generous, there are many things you can do to embrace this lifestyle. Every small step you take gets you closer to your goal.