Day 29: Live a Generous Lifestyle

KEYWORDS: PERSONAL WELLNESS

Doctors have known for a long time that positive values such as generosity, honesty, telling the truth, and sharing have real life health benefits such as lowering blood pressure, living longer, and reducing stress.

In this holiday time post from Michael Hyatt, he lists five benefits of generosity—all that lead us to a better lifestyle and a healthier body and mind. What steps can you take in 2017 to live a more generous life? Remember, generosity isn’t always about tangible gifts. The most precious of gifts is your personal time.

The flip side of this, of course, is that some of us need to learn to say no. If you are a people pleaser, this can be a black hole for you. Maybe your challenge in 2017 is to just learn self-care by saying no once in a while?

Action Steps:
  1. What baby steps can you take to increase generous behavior in your life? Is there a nagging need for volunteers in an organization you belong to? Can you volunteer a couple hours a week?
  2. Consider doing a thorough closet cleaning and donating the items you don’t wear at least once a month to your local Goodwill or Salvation Army.
  3. Take a look at the commitments on your calendar? Are you over extended? Pick one activity you can eliminate in 2017. Enlist the help of a friend to cut yourself loose.
  4. Cultivate a generous lifestyle but showing appreciation for generosity that is aimed at you. Make a personal phone call or send a thank you note to someone who has been generous to you in the last month. Be sure and remind them of the event. Often people are just generous by nature and have no idea that their actions blessed the receiver.
Resources:
  1. Stress Relief: How to Say No from Mayo Clinic
  2. The Benefits of Generosity from Huffington Post