Explore the value of Generosity
Here are some inspiring stories about generosity.
GENEROSITY
THOMAS NO HOME 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, but I know they could do something else except beg for money. By my house there is a gas station, the owner of the gas station always kicks out homeless people from his store. But there was...
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GENEROSITY
NICE KATHLEEN Kathleen was the most popular girl in her high school yet she still was nice to everyone. When a boy with mouth problems asked her out, she said yes despite his disability. She was also nice to a boy with a crush on her who used to hide in her bushes. She was selflessly kind.
SUBMITTED BY JANELLA
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GENEROSITY
THE GIVING OF CHRISTMAS This Christmas my mother and I decided to give some very old ,still wrapped, priceless Barbie dolls. Out of the entire collection I only got to keep 3 of them. I felt so thrilled to give some little girls something for Christmas.I never thought of a more perfect way to spend the day then to give to the poor...
SUBMITTED BY ASHLEIGH
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GENEROSITY QUOTATIONS
Heart
“The heart that gives, gathers.”

Marianne Moore

Simone
“That's what I consider true generosity: You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.”

Simone de Beauvoir

Anne
“No one has ever become poor by giving.”

Anne Frank

20161114 monday quote
“The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”

Mitch Albom

20161118 friday quote
“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

Wesley
“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.”

John Wesley

20161116 wednesday quote
“The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity.”

Benjamin Franklin

20161117 thursday quote
“Infinitely more important than sharing one's material wealth is sharing the wealth of ourselves—our time and energy, our passion and commitment, and, above all, our love.”

William E. Simon

Steve
“Give yourself entirely to those around you. Be generous with your blessings. A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”

Steve Maraboli

Here are some stories about everyday heroes who show 'generosity'.
GENEROSITY
Lois and Bill C Bill is a retired engineer. Lois, Bill's wife, has been a homemaker. They are fairly ordinary people with little notable achievements. Yet they remain my heroes. When he turned 18, Bill was drafted to serve in Korea from 1948 t 1949 as an Army engineer. He was lucky enough to leave Korea before the Korean War...
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GENEROSITY
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 solar holidays such as the Solstices and Equinoxes. We gather every 8-10 weeks to honor and connect with Mother Nature. Ellen has never asked for anything in return except to bring a dish...
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GENEROSITY
Rod howard hoops
Rod Howard Rod is my coach and trainer for basketball, and he teaches me a lot more than basketball. At the end of each practice he gives us a story and a life lesson. He also motivates us and he encourages us to keep our grades up and to train as hard as physically possible. He just wants to make us as good as he can, and...
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Where did your values come from?

We've all had people in our lives who have made a positive impact on us. A parent or grandparent, a sibling who was there for us, or maybe even just a guy who shines shoes for a living? Whoever they are, tell us their story so they can inspire us even more.

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CONFIDENCE
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SPREAD YOUR WINGS
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Your Comments
John and Tim from Paterson NJ FEBRUARY 25, 2014
My friend Yanina should be featured in the dictionary for Generous.

FUNMI from LAGOS MARCH 21, 2013
It is good to be generous because no one know what tomorrow will bring.

Bruce Willingham from Warner Robins, Ga FEBRUARY 24, 2013
Generosity is being happy to give.

Cassie Chang from Malaysia,Batu Pahat AUGUST 14, 2012
Forgiveness is also a thing such as generous. Although this is not a materialistic thing.

Sandy from Colorado DECEMBER 13, 2011
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.

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