I want all my readers to hear first. This Monday, Valentine’s Day, is going to be rebooted as Generosity Day: one day of sharing love with everyone, of being generous to everyone, to see how it feels and to practice saying “Yes.” Let’s make the day about love, action and human connection – because we can do better than smarmy greeting cards, overpriced roses, and stressed-out couples trying to create romantic meals on the fly.
I’ll share more on Monday morning (Valentine’s Day), but wanted to let my readers know today that I’m reaching out to a bunch of great bloggers who I respect to spread the word. Would love your help in doing the same.
On the day of, we’ll be using the hashtag #generosityday to share what people are doing. The goal is to spend Valentine’s Day being more generous, giving more money, sharing of yourself, being of service. All acts of generosity, small and big alike, count. But you have to say YES to everything that’s asked of you, all day long! It’s about creating more generosity in the world, and becoming a more open person along the way.
BACKGROUND: Longtime readers will remember my Generosity Experiment (here’s the blog post or, if you prefer, here’s the video). My experiment lasted a month, and I found it transformative. I bet you’ll love doing this for a day.
Examples of great things to do on #generosityday:
- 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
If you like this idea, please:
- Between now and Monday, tell people (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) that you’re committing to a day of generosity this Valentine’s Day. Committing in advance will help you follow through. (Sample Facebook/Twitter status update that you can post BEFORE MONDAY: “I’m in! Let’s reboot Valentine’s Day as #generosityday on Monday http://bit.ly/fJASGV”)
- Add to the list (above) of suggested generous actions by commenting on this post or contacting me directly.
- Share the idea with other bloggers and friends by emailing them the link to this page (http://bit.ly/fJASGV)
This could be big – but I’ll need your help to make it happen!