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


Donate books to a local school or university.


Give to a local food drive.


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


Give someone your time.


Bake your favorite cookies and share them.

Stories About Generosity

A Kind Heart On Flight 662

Submitted by Erica Fresquez

January 12, 2010

My name is Erica F. I am a Flight Attendant for US Airways. This morning on a flight from Charlotte, NC...

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A Random Act Of Kindness

Submitted by Karl Raham

My Wife and I recently travelled from Lasalle, Ontario, Canada to Harsen's Island, Michigan. We were travelling East on I-94...

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Thomas No Home

Submitted by Isaiah Baird

When I’m with my dad and we drive in the city streets, there are always people panhandling.
I Guess I feel bad for them,...

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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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Ambie E

Ambie is my hero because she is the nicest person that I know. She is always looking out for others and trying to help...

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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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