Thanks to Fast Company’s Twitter feed (@fastcompany), I found out about how three social entrepreneurs are trying to reboot Valentine’s Day as Generosity Day (#GenerosityDay). Now this is a holiday I can get behind!
The concept is simple: 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.
And the best part about this – the plan was developed only a couple of days ago and thanks to the power of social media it is spreading like wild fire. To read the stories behind Generosity Day, go here and here.
But here is what you need to know to participate in Generosity Day:
It really couldn’t be more simple. Oh right, be generous and then help spread the news. So two action times for you!
Here are a few specific ways you can join the revolution courtesy of Sasha Dichter:
- 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
- Spread the word and encourage your friends and family to participate!
So on Valentine’s Day, make sure you don’t just focus your love on your valentine but that you spread that love around, especially to those that need it most.
Happy Generosity Day!
(P.S. – How are you going to participate in #generosityday? Post in the comments and let us know!)