I recently discovered this excerpt from a blog post about another unique way to celebrate Valentine’s Day:
Barely three days before Valentine’s Day last
year, Sasha Dichter, Chief Innovation Officer for
Acumen Fund, decided to convert his month-long
“Generosity Experiment” into a global Generosity
Day. The idea was simple: to reclaim Valentine’s
Day from the clutches of commercialization and
turn it into a day of “sharing love with
I had never heard of this idea before but I think it’s a novel answer to the over commercialization of a popular holiday.
Dichter definitely has the right idea.
He suggests that people want more connection and meaning in their lives. So, instead of giving flowers, cards and extravagant gifts, he proposes that we show more generosity by dispensing love to everyone on Valentine’s Day – not just those closest to us.
Here are some ideas you can use to celebrate Generosity Day:
- Tip extra generously when you are out enjoying your Valentine’s Dinner. Your server will appreciate it.
- Take “thinking of you” cards to a nursing home and have the staff write the name of a person on the envelope. Most people in nursing homes rarely receive mail.
- When you are getting your morning coffee, pay the check for the person behind you.
- Place a place a tin of cookies at your neighbor’s door to thank him/her for just being a good neighbor.
- Donate your gently used clothes, appliances, furniture, etc. to a non-profit organization.
- To ward off the flu bug and germs, pass out small bottles of hand sanitizer to people you meet at the doctors, dentists, hair salon, supermarket, etc.
What will you do to celebrate Generosity Day?