In Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project she says that the nature of generosity as it relates to strengthening the bonds of friendship can be broken down into four acts.
- Help people think big: Inspire others with words of enthusiasm & confidence to tackle ambitious goal
- Bring people together: start a group for people of similar interests, organise a reunion for people who all did something together at the same time, start a support group for a cause you are passionate about, play cupid & set people up, help organise competitive events & introduce friends who you think should meet
- Contribute in your way : consider what skills you have & what you enjoy doing & look for ways you could offer to help others that may struggle in these areas.
- Cut people slack : remember peoples lives are far more complicated than they appear from the outside, do not always view other peoples actions as a reflection of their character, recognise the pressure of circumstances & the power of the situation to influence their actions.