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 an anonymous donation to a person or family in need.


Bake your favorite cookies and share them.


Give to a local food drive.


Give someone your time.


Donate books to a local school or university.

Stories About Generosity

Aaron's Sacrifice

Submitted by Jen Bennett

I work for a company in the hospitality industry that has suffered heavy layoffs and pay freezes in the past year. I was...

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Submitted by Anonymous

Today I was out shopping with my mom at a store. While a lady in front of us in the checkout line, I spied a kid that looked...

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Altruistic Donation

Submitted by Jo Anna

I donated a kidney in July of 2002. My mother had passed away in 1999, and then the horror of 9/11 happened. I was grieving...

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Everyday Hero Stories

Ellen P

My hero is Ellen P. For over 15 years, Ellen has always graciously opened her home to anyone wanting to celebrate the ancient...

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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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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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