Keep Generosity Alive Throughout the New Year for a Healthier and Happier Lifestyle
Generosity is an underrated virtue. It is also not an easy virtue to obtain as it does not come naturally to many of us. A major difficulty with growing in any virtue rests in the reality that for every virtue (intermediate good habit) that exists, there are two vices (bad habits) on either side of it, namely the extreme and the deficient, that are trying to win over our actions.
In Aristotle’s “Nicomachean Ethics” he stresses the need for virtue in our lives to bring us true happiness. The more we grow in virtue, the more our character (moral or ethical strength) develops. When we are generous we do become “happier” simply speaking, because we are not choosing its opposing vices that drag us down. If we are lacking in generosity we have the vice of “stinginess” (the deficient vice). If we are overly generous then we are extravagant (the extreme vice). Most people that are lacking in generosity usually fall prey to the deficient, but there are a few of us that fall into the extreme.
For example, it is easy to be stingy and hoard what we do not want others to have. Another word for this could be avarice or greed. What if we gift away too many of our goods to others but fail to use the necessary portion to pay bills? This would be extravagance.
On the contrary, if we give of our Time, Talent, and Treasure appropriately, we will save ourselves from the hard ache of selfishness and the inner isolation that stems from it, thus creating a healthier lifestyle for ourselves. If we use good judgment (prudence), we can fend off the desire to recklessly spend or give in a fashion that harms one party for the benefit of another.
Generosity is worth the peace of mind that comes from doing the necessary steps to partake in it as does any virtue: 1) doing the right action, 2) at the right time, 3) for the right reason. In order for virtue to exist all three elements must take place. This is the main reason why virtues are tough to obtain but vices are easy.
There is no doubt that we can be joyful in the New Year by giving appropriately. The more we give, the more we receive, and generosity strengthens the heart of the giver. So let’s do ourselves and others around us the favor of having a healthy, happy, and generous New Year!
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