Sat, February 12 2011

Say yes to Generosity Day on Monday: It’s good for everyone, including you

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Author, Robin Hood Marketing

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Yesterday, I was on a panel at Social Media Week with Scott Case of Malaria No More, Ellen McGirt of Fast Company and Sasha Dichter of Acumen . After the panel, Sasha was telling me about his fascinating Generosity Experiment, wherein he said yes to every request for help for a whole month. (More on that here.) Now he’s following up with Generosity Day, on Valentine’s Day.

Here’s the idea:

For one day, you devote yourself to unfiltered, unfettered generosity. You will say yes to every request for help. What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Why do this?

1. It is a nice thing to do for others on a day when not everyone feels loved.
2. It will be make you happy. (There is plenty of proof that helping people makes you happy.)
3. It will make you approach your life and work from a place of abundance rather than scarcity. (It’s a good idea to be generous when you’re hungry.)
4. It will make you better at the work of inspiring generosity in others.

When someone asks you for money, give it to him or her. Pay someone a compliment. Say yes to having coffee with someone who needs help networking. Do someone a favor.

Then spread the word! If you do so via Facebook or Twitter, please use the hashtag #generosityday to spread the word.

Thanks Sasha for giving us something great to do on Monday.

If you like this idea, please spread it. Ask three people to be generous with you on Monday!

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