This month we will focus on the powerful word; “generosity.”

Generosity does not just refer to the act of giving. That would be too easy. Generosity is when we give of things that are particularly meaningful and valuable to us. It marks when we give beyond what
is required of us, without anticipating anything in return– especially when the act of giving is unexpected.

Time. Talent. Treasures. It’s widely accepted that generous people give these “3 Ts” to others. The 3 Ts refer to:

Time: Our most precious commodity– the hours we can devote to helping, giving, and sharing with others.

Talent: Our abilities and skills that can help, entertain, or make the lives of others better.

Treasure: Our money, gifts, or things that are valuable to us that can help others thrive and survive.

This month, we’d like to add a fourth “T” to our discussion as, I think you would agree, it’s important!

Thanks: Showing gratitude for what we have and who we have in our lives.

Research shows that even when there is no known return on “investment,” most people tend to be generous. A 2010 study published last March in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, reiterates that it is possible to “pay it forward”—spreading generosity because they themselves have
been on the receiving end of kindness and generosity. A brand new study (09/2011) published in the same journal actually demonstrates that generosity is human nature. Even when nothing is expected
in return, more people are likely to be generous than not.

As always, one of the best ways to teach and reinforce Powerful Words is by modeling strength of character ourselves. Share with your children how you show generosity by giving of your time, talents, treasures, and your thanks every day.

Thank you for your support. You are pivotal in helping to make our school one of the best personal development centers in the world.

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