Tired of the “Valentine’s Day is a horrible example of capitalistic materialism and consumer excess” arguments — and want to do something positive this Valentine’s Day? Then try rebooting Valentine’s Day as Generosity Day.
That idea is the brainchild of Sasha Dichter, who as an experiment, said yes to every request for a month — including appeals for money from panhandlers, street musicians and philanthropies. “I found it transformative,” he writes — and invites everyone to go do likewise on Valentine’s Day.
What is Generosity Day, exactly? By Dichter's definition, it’s “one day of sharing love with everyone, of being generous to everyone, to see how it feels and to practice saying ‘Yes.’” How does one “do” Generosity Day? Basically, “say YES to everything that’s asked of you, all day long!”
As a blogger, I’ve already run into a problem with a directive — because the majority of e-mails I get are from people who are asking me to write about some topic. I get more than 100 e-mails a day; I cannot write that many posts. If you’re having similar problems with simply saying yes to everything, Dichter has some other great ideas:
* Give money to … a street musician, a homeless person, your favorite charity
* Take old clothes from your closet and give them to Goodwill
* Leave a $5 tip for a $2 coffee
* Introduce yourself to someone you see every day but have never said hello to
* Bring in lunch for your co-workers
* Give someone a compliment