The Virtue of the Week– Generosity

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Virtue of the Week focuses on building peaceful and caring communities through understanding and fostering the practice of virtues. The Source supports the Virtues Project and will publish one virtue developed by the project each week.


Generosity is giving to others something that is of value to us. Generosity is a quality of spirit that calls us to share what we have. We also allow others to give to us. Every gift is doubly blessed, bringing joy to the giver and the receiver. Generosity helps us to give time and attention to the feelings, needs and views of those around us. It springs from a sense of abundance and gratitude for the limitless richness of life. We give cheerfully without expecting anything in return. We are receptive to blessings. Generosity encourages us to share the bounty.

Quote: “The fragrance always remains in the hand that gives the rose.” – Mahatma Ghandi

 The Practice of Generosity

I willingly share with others.

I give fully and freely.

I listen to others with openness and receptivity.

I take time each day to be grateful.

I am a cheerful giver.

I willingly receive all the bounties life offers.

I am thankful for Generosity. It helps me to give and receive abundantly.

Questions for Discussion

  • What are we willing to give to/receive from our social justice work?
  • What gifts do we have that can strengthen our social justice work?
  • How are our gifts being honored/celebrated?
  • When is generosity recognized? How can we be more intentional about generosity when we see it?

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Virtues Matter believes in a world where people are committed to kindness and respect, strive to be their best, and live with hope, courage, and in unity. We built the Virtues Cards mobile app, an interactive personal and team development tool, to help people identify and develop key virtues skills. We also offer dynamic workshops, online training, and customized programs to help people cultivate these positive qualities of character. To learn more, visit