In a world where we are constantly bombarded with messages about giving, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and not know where to start. But what if we could give in smaller, more anonymous ways?
Surprisingly, less can be more when it comes to being generous and it can even have a greater impact. In this article, you will find ideas for being anonymously generous that allow you to give without having to break the bank.
GENEROSITY – Give Money Away
Fun ways to be more Anonymously Generous
Ah… the joys of being generous
- Randomly giving money away is already a fun thing to do:
- You get the deep satisfaction of making someone else’s life unexpectedly better
- It helps you shift your focus off of yourself and onto the happiness of others, which makes you happier
- Your beliefs and psychological relationship with money change/improve with little to no effort
- Add anonymity/creativity to the process, and it can almost become addictive (a good addiction)
Turn your generosity into a game
- Think of locations where people who could really use some extra money hang out
- Identify places where they might look (under inside, in between something)
- Hide some cold, hard cash in one of those places
- Walk away, and feel the rush that soon, your act of generosity is going to surprise someone and make their day awesome!
- Tuck it inside the pages of popular library books
- Hide it in between grocery items at the store
- Put it between magazines in a waiting room
- Put it in the crack of the door on someone’s car (so they see it when they open their door)
- Hide it within items at your local home improvement store
- Fold it and put it in amongst the sugar/sweetener packets at a restaurant
- Put it in the change dispenser of a vending machine
- Hide it in the handle of a gas pump
- Put it inside a random travel brochure at a travel brochure display
- Put it between candy bars at a convenience store
- Place it somewhere at a bus stop
- Hand $25-100 to a cashier or person working a drive-thru and tell them you’re paying for as many people who follow you until the money is used up
Explain your gift
- If you give away more than $1 -$5, it’s a good idea to include a simple note (wrap a Post-It Note around the cash) that states that the money is a gift to the finder:
- This is a gift for you – enjoy it!
How to use this:
- Exchange a $20 bill for a stack of $1 bills
- Pick 1 or more ideas from the list shown (or come up with your own)
- Spend the next 7 days dropping $1-$5 in random places – start the week with the goal of having none of the money left over
- Start again next week
In conclusion, being anonymously generous is a great way to make a positive impact in the world. It can be as simple as leaving a positive note on someone’s car or donating to a cause close to your heart.
There are plenty of fun and creative ways to practice anonymous giving, such as baking an anonymous treat for a neighbor or volunteering at an animal shelter. It feels great to give, so why not make it even more special by being generous without expecting recognition?