Valentine’s Day Gets a Makeover ~ Take the Pledge & Join the ‘Generosity Revolution’!
Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, a holiday that dates as far back as the Roman Empire (though it looked much different back then), and is meant to celebrate love. In my lifetime I have watched this day spark both love and the exact opposite in people. Many believe that Valentine’s Day has turned into a money making extravaganza designed to make chocolate manufacturers and greeting card companies rich.
I’ve come across people who love every little detail about celebrating the holiday and relish in the festivities – and I have come across an equal number, if not more, who don’t seem to think it is an important day and agree with the idea that it is a “man-made” holiday.
Luckily there is another option out there for both those who enjoy that warm feeling of love that Valentine’s Day can bring, and for those who could take it or leave it – tomorrow has been “rebooted” and is now Generosity Day!
What is Generosity Day? According to the group’s page on Causes.com, Generosity Day is: “…one day of sharing love with everyone, of being generous to everyone, to see how it feels and to practice saying ‘Yes.’”
I have heard numerous spiritual teachers and read studies which prove that when you do something kind for another, it automatically makes you feel amazing as well. So why not spend Tuesday, February 14, 2012 being generous with your love, and anything else you can afford to give.
I signed up and am taking the Generosity Day pledge – will you join in?
(Note: It was of no surprise to me to learn that Generosity Day was created by Acumen Fund‘s Chief Innovation Officer Sasha Dichter, and a group of his friends. I have written about Acumen Fund in the past, and its founder Jacqueline Novogratz – I frequently pick up her book The Blue Sweater for both inspiration and encouragement. I’ll say it again – if you are interesting in making a change in the world, you will not regret reading this autobiography)