5 steps to encourage ‘generosity’ in your family values

As a family this month, you might like to focus on the concept of ‘generosity’ as a family virtue.

 

Put the virtues card in a prominent place for the month

Kraft picture frame with virtues card for Generosity

 

 

How might you invite, notice, affirm and celebrate ‘generosity’?

 

Below are five suggestions you may like to explore.

 

May these be stepping stones towards welcoming the spirit of ‘generosity’within your family values and networks.

 

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1)  Make it visible – create a sign

 

Create a sign with the word ‘generosity’ and place it in an obvious place (for example on the door of the fridge or on the bathroom mirror). Choose a place where it can be seen each day.

 

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2) Invite a conversation 

 

Invite a conversation about what ‘generosity’ is.

Introduce the definition and concept and share how various members of the family have experienced ‘generosity’.

 

For example,

What does it feel like to be generous?

How do you receive generosity?

What is the most generous act you have ever given and/or received?

 

You might like to refer to the  virtues card  for a description of generosity or listen to the definition on the embrace virtues website. You’ll hear some everyday ways of showing generosity.

 

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3) ‘Watch out’ for generosity – spot generous acts (and talk about them!)

 

Ask your family members to ‘watch out’ for acts of generosity and affirm the generous person.

For example, say things like “Thank you for your generosity in offering to wipe the dishes – that means a lot to me.”  Or,  ”It was so generous of you to make room for your brother on the lounge.”

 

Look for ‘easy’ every day examples of generosity (as well as sprinkles of extraordinary generosity when these appear!)

 

Ask your family about any daily acts of ‘generosity’ they may have noticed, and weave this into conversations whilst driving to and from after school activities or at dinner or story time.

 

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4) Offer an anonymous act of ‘generosity’

 

Agree that each family member carefully considers an act of generosity for someone within your family, along with one person outside the family (for example at school, work, a neighbour).  Share what happened and how it felt for family members.

 

You may even like to suggest that each family member does an ‘anonymous’ generous act at some stage throughout the month. They need not necessarily share this with anyone (even the lucky person who benefits from the secret act of generosity). Anonymous acts of generosity are extraordinarily FUN and good for the spirit. This creates a personal experience with the concept of ‘generosity’.

 

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5) Capture and record your family’s generosity

 

Invite your family to draw or write about their ‘month of generosity’, including how it felt to give generously and how it felt to receive.

 

Collect the stories and pictures and create a family book or artwork. You may like to include the sign of generosity that was created at the beginning of the month.

 

Book about family values

Our Family Virtues Book

You get back more than you give

‘Generosity’ is a most intriguing and contagious virtue – because when we are truly generous (that is giving without expecting anything in return), we tend to receive back far more than we could ever imagine.

 

We wish you wonders as you celebrate the virtue of generosity in everyday life throughout your ‘month of generosity’.

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