Generosity Day – Get to the Heart of Valentines Day

I heard about this fantastic opportunity first thing this morning and wanted to get it out to you asap. It’s an incredibly refreshing take on a stale “holiday.”

You already did whatever you’re doing in terms of hearts, chocolates and morning kisses. Here’s what matters more-generosity, and changing our mindset on what that is, and simply practicing it. Creative thinker Sasha Dichter calls on each one of us to take these steps today:

1) Reboot it as Generosity Day: “One day of sharing love with everyone, of being generous to everyone, to see how it feels and to practice saying “Yes.”  Let’s make the day about love, action and human connection.

2) Here’s how:

  • Spend Valentine’s Day being more generous, giving more money, sharing of yourself, being of service.  All acts of generosity, small and big alike, count. But you must say yes to everything asked of you. All day,” says Sasha.
  • It’s a day of practicing saying YES, because doing so will change you and change those around you.
  • Some ideas — Give to people on the street.  Tip outrageously.  Help a stranger.  Write a note telling someone how much you appreciate them.  Smile.  Donate (more) to a cause that means a lot to you.  Take clothes to GoodWill.  Share your toys (grownups and kids).  Be patient with yourself and with others.  Replace the toilet paper in the bathroom.  All generous acts count!
  • As you act generously, and as you witness acts of generosity, please keep folks updated using the #generosityday hashtag or post on www.facebook.com/generosityday

3) Move from the one or few, to the many – to create connectedness and community by being generous.

Please join me in this powerful day and share it with your own community! Practice makes perfect.

P.S. Generosity has karma-this is the way to move your org’s issues forward.

Nancy Schwartz on February 14, 2011 in Fundraising: Innovations & Research | 1 comment
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