The idea of noblesse oblige came about during the Middle Ages, during the time of chivalry and courtly love. The concept is that people of privilege have an obligation and a duty to help those who are less fortunate. The saying goes: to whom much is given, much is expected.
We are all privileged in some way.
Even if we don’t have much in the way of tangible things to offer–money, food, clothing, etc.–we all have abundance in some aspect of our lives. Perhaps we’re good listeners or we have a beautiful smile or an infectious laugh–these are a bounty worth sharing! Maybe we’re good at noticing someone’s new haircut or a piece of distinctive jewelry and we’re always quick to compliment them. This, too, is a wonderful thing to give to others.
Do you know there are benefits to being generous? Here are six:
~Being generous helps you develop an attitude of giving and helping rather than taking. This creates in you a more positive, optimistic outlook;
~Generosity gives you a physiological, psychological, mental, and spiritual boost–It feels good to know that you can be helpful and that you’ve helped someone;
~Giving helps you overcome feelings of discouragement;
~Helping others gets you out of your own little world. You meet other people, thus enlarging your social and professional circle. People with better social networks are better adjusted and tend to live longer;
~Volunteering, getting involved in charities and other organizations helps you grow as a person; it’s a way to find out your likes and dislikes;
~Helping others helps you gain a new perspective on your own troubles and on your overall life.
What are your favorite ways to give back or to reach out a helping hand? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,