Generosity Part IV – Conclusion

This is the final part of my series on generosity. In the first part I covered charitable donations, the second part covered religious giving and the third part was about giving gifts.

However, the fact is that as humans we’re regularly generous in ways that aren’t easily categorised. Sometimes we give money to buskers or beggars. Sometimes we throw parties for people. Sometimes we shout someone coffee or lunch.

That’s why for our whanau, the easiest way to ensure our generosity is in harmony with our journey to Financial Independence is to have a set budgeted amount of money that is only to be used to give away. We won’t give away more than that, but we won’t use that giving money for anything else either. If there’s a surplus, we have to give it away somehow!

It’s up to you to figure out what works. If you and a friend regularly shout each other coffee, maybe that’s not part of your giving budget, maybe it’s just a trade off? I dunno. But what I do know is that being generous is pretty important for our mental health. Check out this video from an organisation called Random Acts of Kindness on the scientifically proven benefits of being kind.

While most people want out of the rat race at some point, it’s actually detrimental to hold onto all your money in a desperate bid to reach your “number”. You’d be missing out on an essential part of being human.

Comment Policy: For this blog, I’ve implemented a Comment with Kindness policy. You can read more about it here, but the gist of it is: Follow what I call the “Grandma Rule”. If you wouldn’t take that tone with your grandma, your comment probably won’t make it through moderation.

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