Thursday, September 5, 2013

Seven Traits of Generous People

I love spending time with generous people. There's a magic and a charisma about them that can't be denied. Their energy elevates my own, inspiring my own generosity.

In talking with them about generosity, I've found that they share seven important traits.

1.  Generous people care about the welfare of others. Their altruism is genuine, stemming from their love for others.

2.  Generous people give to give; they don't give to get. They give without expectation. Personal gain is not a motivating factor.

3.  Generous people are optimistic. They view the world through a positive lens. Even though we live in an imperfect world, this doesn't stop generous people from giving their time, energy, or money. They believe in making a difference, no matter what.

4.  Generous people share the quality of trust. Their giving is an investment in happiness for all involved. If they are giving to a cause, they trust that it is a worthy one. If they give to others, they trust those people to use those gifts wisely.

5.  Generous people are energetic. Their passion for doing good energizes and revitalizes them to do even more good.

6.  Generous people are satisfied with what they have. They don't complain or feel that they are lacking. Instead, they see the universe as abundant. They view what they have as enough and feel compelled to share it. They also practice gratitude and hold a high appreciation for their circumstances.

7.  Generous people are humble. They are not ego-driven people who are out to impress others, and they don't give to buy someone's love or loyalty. They operate from a "give forward, not back" philosophy, with no strings attached.

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There are a couple of "downsides" to being generous. Because generous people tend to see the best in people, they could be misconstrued as naive, and if they are not careful, they can open themselves up to being taken advantage of by those who are unscrupulous.

Some generous people may give to a fault. When this happens, they endanger their own welfare. They may find it difficult to say no and may overextend themselves. This could hurt their relationships if they do not find balance. It's important to exercise caution at times.

Generous people are gifts in themselves. They make the world a better place. They give others a sense of importance through their acts of love and kindness, and they certainly help to restore faith in humanity.

What act of generosity have you experienced? What are other traits of generous people? Your comments are always welcome.


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26 comments:

  1. Dear Penny,

    Another GREAT post on generosity. I love these.

    I would add, that generous people are not afraid of being taken advantage of because they know all is well.

    Truly generous people would continue doing what they do even if no one ever knew and in truth most of the time, if not ALL of the time, do what they do in private.

    :-)

    Kathy

    kathyhadleylifecoach.com

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    1. Thanks, Kathy! That's a great point to add. When they are aligned with the laws of the Universe, they have nothing to fear. But for those who are unaware, some caution may be warranted. Like you, I wouldn't let it stop me from practicing generosity. Thanks so much for your insights.
      Penny

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  2. Lovely post. Looks like I was nodding for 50% of the post. Rest . . . I must grow and be aware. Thanks for this beautiful and timely post, dear Penny.

    Joy always,
    Susan

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    1. Get your rest, Susan! We need your beautiful energy in this world :)
      Penny

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  3. An impressive article. Generosity is a great virtue.

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    1. Usha, it is a wonderful virtue :)
      Thank you for commenting.
      Penny

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  4. If one-fifth of the world was generous enough, there would be no poverty in this world. Isn't it? Great post!

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    1. You're probably right, rekspourout!
      Thanks for commenting.
      Penny

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  5. Applause! The joy of giving far outweighs the hurt of being taken for granted - particularly if you understand that it is the other's problem the way he views you and not yours.

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    1. I agree, Suresh. People who love to give don't really worry about being taken for granted. They give because want to and they love doing it. Thanks for commenting.
      Penny

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    1. Thank you, Jasmeet! Blessings to you!
      Penny

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  7. In other words generous people are blessed to be generous. Generosity in itself is so rewarding that generous people never think of any return.Inspiring post......loved it

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    1. I'm glad you liked this, shellymona. We are all generous to varying degrees, so in essence, we are all blessed :) Isn't that a beautiful thing? Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
      Penny

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  8. Lovely post. Often generous people are taken advantage of and that is probably the only downside of being too generous.

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    1. Thank you, Kathy. The upsides definitely outweigh the downsides :) Thanks for commenting.
      Penny

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  9. Who says generosity doesn't pay? Of course, it pays and we gotta listen to our hearts. Beautiful post:)

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    1. Generosity from the heart is a spiritual act indeed. Our hearts will always tell us the truth. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
      Penny

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  10. Usually traits of generosity are observed on streets by random people...feels so blessed and the best part we don't even know each other so no obligation of returning the favor!

    Beautiful post, penny!

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    1. That is so true, Ruchira! When I go out to eat at times, I pay for someone else's meal without them knowing it. :) I love doing that. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
      Penny

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  11. A thought provoking post Penny.Generosity has its own rewards. I know one can be taken for a ride for the benevolence, but if one is not ambitious enough,it doesn't matter :)

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    1. Indeed, sunita...generosity has its own rewards. It's a wonderful thing, isn't it? Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
      Penny

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  12. This is such a great message and something everyone should spend a bit more time reflecting on. Your blog and posts are so inspirational. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks Talya! If people practiced generosity on a daily basis, imagine the kind of world we would be living in...
      I appreciate you stopping by and commenting...blessings to you, and keep writing those wonderful poems!
      Penny

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  13. Penny, pearls of wisdom in this post and I agree with all 7 but the one that I think just sets generous people apart is #2 - Generous people give to give; they don't give to get. Loved this post.

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    1. That is probably my favorite point out of all of them, Suzy. It's such a joy to give!
      Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Blessings to you!
      Penny

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