The Benefits of Generosity

The Benefits of Generosity

Generosity is an act of giving that is associated with a broad range of positive emotions, such as kindness, love, compassion, joy, empathy, hope and awe. The benefits derived from an act of generosity come not from its external actions but more from its internal state of mind.

Studies have consistently showed that an act of generosity that generates good, positive emotions creates the most benefits, not just to the giver but also to the recipient and society.

Here is a list of the benefits of generosity:

1. Benefits the Giver
a. Good for the Mind
i. Enhances mental health – greater sense of self worth, self confidence, happiness and        purpose
ii. Reduces anxiety and depression
iii. Improves Positivity Ratio – mind flourishes under this condition, increases creativity           and productivity, more resourceful

b. Good for the Body
i. Enhances physical health – improves immune system
ii. Reduces cardiac events
iii. Improves longevity

2. Benefits the Recipient
a. Recipient gets what he/she needed
b. Recipient feels good too
c. More importantly, it validates the recipient’s trust in humanity

3. Benefits Society
a. It grows trust in humanity
b. It expands or spread the good feelings, leading to more similar acts of kindness
c. It promotes harmony, peace and joy

Generosity in Marriage

A study done by University of Virginia under the National Marriage Project found that couples who score high in generosity index tend to report greater happiness with their marriage.

In addition, children of parents with higher generosity index tend to grow up having the same kindness towards others, leading to happier relationships and life.

Generosity at Work

“Generous people share information readily, share credit often, and give of their time and expertise easily. What comes across is a strong work ethic, great communication skills, and a willingness and ability to collaborate. Leaders and managers who are generous engender trust, respect and goodwill from their colleagues and employees.” – Jodi Glickman

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