In How I Came be “The Generous Husband” and Do This Blog I explained that Lori started being outrageously generous because she decided it’s who she wanted to be. I also talk about how I was inspired to do the same.
That was more than twenty-five years ago and we’re still working to be more and more generous to each other… and everyone else we know or encounter. The power of generosity is extraordinary, and if you don’t expect anything in response there’s no real downside.
Most folks react in kind to generosity, especially if you keep at it. They may not give back as much as they receive, but most will become nicer and easier to deal with. For those who don’t, just see them as especially needy and do what you can to keep being generous. Generosity is like a muscle; the more you use it the stronger it gets.
Give it a try. All you have to lose is people being grumpy around you.
~ Paul – I’m XY, and my wife keeps showing me how to be even more generous!