Strength of generosity as a voluntary decision means providing help to others compassionately and unselfishly.
This trait also involves giving to others not simply anything in profusion but rather giving those things that are of benefit to others.
Generosity is not merely based on individual’s financial status and their act of giving money to the poor, but conversely, it reflects one’s enthusiasm and pure purposes to help others.
In addition to financial help to needy people, generosity contains offering time, attention, assets or talents to aid someone in need.
Generous persons are sensitive to the needs of others and seek opportunities for charitable giving thereby acquiring a sense of satisfaction from the act of beneficence.
Also they don’t ask for anything in return. The only advantage they receive is the knowledge that they’re doing their volunteer work as a social responsibility.
In a University of Michigan study, which traced 2,700 people over 10 years, researchers found that men who did regular volunteer work had death rates two-and-one half times lower than men who didn’t.
Evidence from a study published in the American Journal of Public Health in 2013 found that giving regularly to friends and family by way of financial or emotional support keeps generous people away from anxiety.
Another result of charitable activities is raising the motivation of charity in society.
Experiences have shown that humanitarian acts are contagious; people who are generous often create the snowball effect in others who in turn want to pay it forward.
On the other hand, in religious thought, generosity in charitable giving has been presented as almsgiving or alms.
In accordance with Islamic teachings, all kinds of charity must be given with respect, kindness, and gentleness. Otherwise, there isn’t any value for charity in case of showing off and humiliating needy people.
Following are some verses of the Holy Quran on the subject of charity:
“You shall not attain righteousness until you spend of what you like [in the way of charity]…” (Quran 3:92)
“…Do not annul your charitable giving with reproach and hurt, like he who spends his wealth to show off to the people…” (Quran 2:264)
Indeed, generosity includes giving of money, blood donation, favour, hospitality, encouragement, emotional availability, and more.
As the Prophet (s) asserted: “Every act of goodness is charity.” (Sahih Muslim).
As a final word in this note, if you don’t have enough money and time for donation and voluntary action; you can be generous and charitable in every second of life through amiability and affability towards your family and society.