A few years ago when we downsized from a house to an apartment we created more disposable income. Our living expense were lower, so we had more money left over after paying the bills. One of the things I loved about that is we were able to be more generous. We would more frequently treat friends and family to lunch, bring our daughter’s friends with us on trips, and say yes to every single kid that was selling something as a fundraiser.
Generosity feels great for both the giver and the receiver. I’ve been on the receiving end of a free lunch a few times, and even though it’s a small amount, typically under $10, it really makes you feel good.
Joshua Becker at Becoming Minimalist shared a great story about generosity through the eyes of a child, and the lesson is one we should all take to heart. The Appeal of Generosity is about a young girl that wants a puppy, and her wise parents send her off to ponder her generosity in her quest to bring home a new pet. I don’t want to spoil the story by sharing any more, so head over and check it out.