My favorite holiday, by far, is Thanksgiving. Our annual, national holiday marked by religious observances and a traditional meal including turkey. The holiday
commemorates a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621 and is held in the US on the fourth Thursday in November. Giving thanks or living generously is much more than turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce. Expressing
gratitude or showing appreciation towards others can be a life worth living. Thrivent Financial, has a tagline that reads… Living Generously. It says so much, it’s a brand that says what it means and means what it says. I was wondering…. what does that really mean and how can all of us, literally, live generously.
8 Ways to LIVE GENEROUSLY
Take care of others, take the time to help others in need whether it be friends, or family.
Speak with Kindness – use words to
build people up not tear them down. Coupled with amazing respect for others.
Go Last – instead of pushing to the front of the line, how about stepping back and letting folks go first,specially the elderly and children.
Limit Complaining – constant complaining sends a message of selfishness. If we must do it, do it in private.
Give First – expect nothing in return, give from your heart not your wallet
Volunteer or donate to an organization or cause.
Set an example for children, watch them watch you living generously.
Always buy lemonade from children, don’t pass that stand (it says a lot about who you are)
There is plenty of research out there confirming that giving back is not only good
for our planet it makes for healthier and happier citizens. Also, a study I found
claims that when people give the midbrain region of your brain lights up. So if you
want a “happy brain glow” or a warm and fuzzy feeling give generously.
This Thanksgiving take time to be thankful for those in your life but also think
about how you might embrace Living Generously in the months to come.
Carol is a Motivational Speaker, Executive Coach, Fundraising Strategist, Social
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Carol S. Ritter, Past President, National Speakers Association Philadelphia and
past board chair for St. Luke’s University Hospital Visiting Nurses Association &