MOST people define generosity as sharing something of value with others. Feelings, time, knowledge, money, etc. Generosity goes beyond giving. Generosity means giving more than a person feels obligated to give, and more than is expected.
For example, you notice a hungry child on the street. If you give 5 pesos to the child, you satisfy your feeling of obligation. But if you buy a nutritious meal for the child, you have expressed generosity by going beyond your feeling of minimum obligation. Generosity goes beyond just simple giving or sharing.
Giving that is motivated by obligation is an expression of the mind. Giving beyond obligation is an expression of the heart, and defines true generosity. Giving or sharing from the heart empowers humanity with goodness and wealth beyond physical possessions. The positive effects of generosity bring about a better world.
Generosity benefits the giver as well as the recipient. What a generous person gives gets back to him in many other ways. If a generous person donates money and time to an orphanage, some of the children will become educated and get productive jobs in the future. The increase in productive jobs means more prosperity and a better economy from which the donor will benefit.
Some of the wealthiest people in the world are also some of the most generous. Many billionaires spend large portions of their wealth to benefit poverty. They want to give back to the world that made it possible for them to become wealthy. Also, they know if they make the world a better place, their children and grandchildren will be able to live in a better place.
On the other hand, a person does not have to be wealthy to be generous. Anyone who is generous can benefit from generosity. Even if a person is poor, that person can still benefit by being generous to someone who is even less fortunate. Many small acts of generosity by thousands of people can add up to major benefits for everyone.
Why should we all be generous? To make the world in which we all live, a better place. After all, no matter who we are, or how fortunate or unfortunate we are, we are all in the same world together. (Juvylen A. Centinales, UM intern)