Most of us love to find ways to be generous. The problem is that we typically think of generosity as the size of a check. While that’s a great way to make a meaningful impact (especially if your schedule keeps you busy), what can you do if you don’t have large amounts of disposable income right now? You can still make a difference. There’s more to generosity than a large financial donation.
If you pay close attention you can find opportunities to help a friend, neighbor or charity. They’re not always obvious, though, and who couldn’t use a little help brainstorming?
17 Ways to Be Generous That Inspire Us
- Babysit for friends so they can have a date night
- Donate your company’s services or products, like this man who cuts hair for the homeless
- Give away the next thing someone compliments you on (“I love that _____”)
- Schedule an hour every week to give away your time helping someone
- Pay for the car behind you in the drive thru
- Assist a coworker in her responsibilities at work
- Take your neighbor’s trash can back in from the street
- Do someone else’s chores at home
- Sell something you own and donate the proceeds
- Talk with your spouse and kids over dinner about how you can give to others as a family
- Carry $20 in your pocket tomorrow, and look for an opportunity to give it away
- Offer to introduce your personal and/or professional network to your favorite charity
- Make your self available to your favorite charity for consultation in your area of expertise (sales, marketing, finance, graphics, management, etc.)
- Share your knowledge or skill with someone who has never tried it
- Invite someone new in town to hang with you and your friends
- Pay for someone’s groceries
- Grab some friends and throw a free BBQ
BONUS GENEROSITY IDEAS: The most fun you can have with a $100 bill (or two).
There are countless other ways to be generous. What’s a fun one you’ve tried or heard someone else do?