What is Generosity?
“Generosity is a complex duality. On the one hand, generosity is a disposition—a moral or spiritual orientation that inclines our affections to care for others. On the other hand, generosity is also a deed and a practice by which individuals dedicate financial assets, in-kind gifts, or personal services for the care of others. Generosity, as a virtue combines, this duality: it is the habit of fusing the affective disposition and the practical care” (Paul G. Schervish, Professor Emeritus, Director (retired) Center on Wealth and Philanthropy, Boston College).
Why Generosity “For Life”?
The practice of generosity plays a significant role in the wellbeing of children and adults. Yet, despite growing interest in generosity, we are still learning about how generosity evolves over individuals’ lives.
Some “Big Questions” about Generosity throughout the life cycle the genlife.sitehost.iu.edu addresses are:
- Can virtuous habits be cultivated?
- Does the generosity of parents have a causal impact on their children?
- Does gratitude increase with age?
- How is generosity related to character, thrift, and creativity?
- What are the consequences of generosity for health, well-being and life satisfaction?
- Can cutting-edge scientific work and reflective expression promote individuals’ lifelong practice of generosity?
- Can increasing online learning and engagement make us more generous?
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