Friday, October 29, 2010

Generosity - it’s life enhancing

"He who is greedy is always in want.”

True wealth goes beyond money and assets. As we’ve explored over the last few blog posts, wealth is an attitude and a way of living. It’s about peace of mind, flexibility and generosity of spirit.

You can have millions in the bank, but if you won’t share it or use it wisely to live a great life, then you’ll suffer a more miserable life than the poorest pauper.

There is little point being rich and miserable, or being a selfish, lonely and miserly billionaire. Being rich as a life purpose is not something to aspire to. More greed is NOT better. A richness of spirit and a life of meaningful purpose will outweigh money every time for achieving happiness.

So ask yourself what true wealth means for you? Then invest your time, thought and energy in creating it.

Helping others

Research shows that helping others, being generous and caring increases happiness and life satisfaction. You are wealthy when your life is filled with community, family and love. You are also truly wealthy when you have choice, freedom, health and peace of mind. All of which we have explored in this blog over the last year. If you are new to the blog, or if you want to reinforce these ideas and unconscious competencies, you might want to review previous posts on these subjects:

Building inner wealth through Generosity

Yes, money is useful and important, but not at the exclusion of other values. Money is a means to an end and not an end or ultimate purpose in itself.

On the other hand, generosity is a life enhancing friend of wealth and happiness. So share your good fortune and it will return in good measure. Donate to charities. Help those less fortunate than yourself. Generosity is a great antidote to the enemy of greed.

Focus on building real and meaningful life enhancing wealth in your life and you’ll truly create a life filled with contentment, happiness and joy.

"It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation, which give happiness.” 
Thomas Jefferson

life enhancing thoughts and wishes,


  1. Grant, I woke up waaayyy too early this morning (3 a.m.) but was so pleased to find a new Life Enhancing post. What an uplifting start to my day!

  2. Hey Jean, whoa 3 a.m. is wayyyyy too early!! But thank you for your generous comment about my post uplifting your day. I really appreciate hearing heartfelt comments. Makes the work involved in blogging worth it to know that it makes a positive difference to people's days.

    life enhancing wishes

  3. Hey I read an article about a study where they measured the endorphins levels of people in a group who intentionally gave things to others measured against a group that did not and the endorphins were higher in the giving group.

    Chinese proverb

    With money you can buy a house but not a home
    With money you can buy a bed but not sleep
    With money you can buy a book but not knowledge
    With money you can buy a doctor but not good health
    With money you can buy a position but not respect
    With money you can buy blood but not life
    With money you can buy sex but not love

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