Generosity is the act of selflessly giving to others.



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  • “From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.”

    —Arthur Ashe Professional Tennis Player, Civil Rights Supporter

  • “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”

    —Sir Winston Churchill British Statesman, Prime Minister, Author, Nobel Prize Winner

  • “A pessimist, they say, sees a glass as being half empty; an optimist sees the same glass as half full. But a giving person sees a glass of water and starts looking for someone who might be thirsty.”

    —G. Donald Gale

  • “Wherever there is a human in need, there is an opportunity for kindness and to make a difference.”

    —Kevin Heath Ceo More4kids

  • “He who wishes to secure the good of others, has already secured his own.”

    —Confucius Philosopher

Value Ideas For Generosity


Give someone your time.


Give an anonymous donation to a person or family in need.


Donate books to a local school or university.


Bake your favorite cookies and share them.


Give to a local food drive.

Stories About Generosity

There Is An Eye

Submitted by Aldrin

There is a poor boy named Roy Freetz in a 30-student classroom who is really hungry and have nothing to eat. He felt jealous...

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Keeping Things In Perspective

Submitted by Julia

The generosity in me was inspired following a retreat celebrating the 2010 Lunar New Year (Chinese/Vietnamese New Year). For...

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Full House

Submitted by Jourdan Castillo

Growing up my mother taught me to be generous. Whenever someone was in need of anything such as food, money, or even a home,...

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Everyday Hero Stories

Mitch Shapiro

I really don’t even know where to begin. This summer I was honored to receive an internship opportunity through my University...

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Lois And Bill C

Bill is a retired engineer. Lois, Bill's wife, has been a homemaker. They are fairly ordinary people with little notable...

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Several years ago, each Christmas season, the Salvation Army would get something extra in their donation bucket near where I...

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My friend Yanina should be featured in the dictionary for Generous.
John And Tim, Paterson Nj

It is good to be generous because no one know what tomorrow will bring.
Funmi, Lagos

Generosity is being happy to give.
Bruce Willingham, Warner Robins, Ga

Forgiveness is also a thing such as generous. Although this is not a materialistic thing.
Cassie Chang, Malaysia,Batu Pahat

We all can be generous in some way or another by sharing our time, talent or treasure. Don't let your lack of money keep you from helping others.
Sandy, Colorado

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