Generosity is giving to others something that is of value to us. Generosity is a quality of spirit that calls us to share what we have. We also allow others to give to us. Every gift is doubly blessed, bringing joy to the giver and the receiver. Generosity helps us to give time and attention to the feelings, needs and views of those around us. It springs from a sense of abundance and gratitude for the limitless richness of life. We give cheerfully without expecting anything in return. We are receptive to blessings. Generosity encourages us to share the bounty.


The fragrance always remains in the hand that gives the rose.

— Mahatma Ghandi

 The Practice of Generosity

  • I willingly share with others.
  • I give fully and freely.
  • I listen to others with openness and receptivity.
  • I take time each day to be grateful.
  • I am a cheerful giver.
  • I willingly receive all the bounties life offers.
Definitions and practices of virtue are used with permission from the Virtues Project™.

In Family Life

The virtue of generosity in a family is exemplified through selfless acts of kindness, empathy, and a willingness to share without expecting anything in return. It’s the art of wholeheartedly giving material and emotional support, fostering an atmosphere of abundance and compassion within the family unit.

A generous family cultivates an environment where every member feels valued and cared for, strengthening the bonds that tie them together. It is demonstrated through helping one another in need, offering a listening ear without judgment, and openly sharing resources.

See post: Balancing Generosity in Family Life

Balancing Generosity

When balanced, generosity is a beautiful virtue that enriches our lives and those of others.

      • Self-Care: Self-care reminds us that we must prioritize our well-being to be effective in helping others. It balances the tendency to overextend ourselves.
      • Discernment: Discernment encourages us to assess the recipients’ authenticity and our generosity’s impact. It helps us choose where and when to offer assistance, avoiding situations that may exploit our generosity.
      • Empathy: Empathy allows us to understand the feelings and needs of others, fostering a natural inclination towards generosity. It helps us connect with the experiences of those around us.
      • Compassion: Compassion motivates us to alleviate the suffering of others. It encourages us to extend a helping hand when we encounter someone in need, reminding us of our shared humanity.
      • Gratitude: Gratitude reminds us of the kindness we’ve received from others and the abundance in our lives. It cultivates a sense of reciprocity and encourages us to give back to the community that has supported us.

Guided by these virtues, we can continue to spread the warmth of generosity without losing ourselves in the process, ultimately making the world a kinder and more compassionate place. 

Joe is a husband, father, grandfather, author, speaker, educator, course creator, and parent/family coach.

He helps parents develop unity, find clarity, communicate, and develop consistency in their parenting with the Four C’s of Successful Families. You can find his work on social media.

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