Forget Valentine’s Day. Celebrate Generosity Day Instead

If you’ve been paying attention to my last few posts, you might say that I’ve been pretty hard on Valentine’s Day. Admittedly, I’ve pointed out a lot of things you SHOULDN’T do on February 14th, and too much negativity is never good. So I’m switching it up a bit.

If you’re one of those warm and fuzzy types who hates feeling like they must shun Valentine’s Day just because it’s because it’s been swallowed by the Hallmark monster, I’ve got good news. A few years ago, a few equally-disgusted-but-loving people got it in their heads to fix February 14th — to restore it as a holiday that’s truly about love. Not just sticky-sweet romantic love, but all-inclusive, love thy neighbor, we’re-all-in-this-together love.

Generosity Day was founded in 2011 by Sasha Dichter of Acumen Fund. As Fast Company reports, Dichter had just completed the now famous “Generosity Experiment” in which he said yes to everyone who asked him for help for an entire month. After a conversation with colleagues at the 2011 Social Media Week, Sasha was inspired to take back Valentine’s Day from the chocolatiers and use its momentum to feed a different hunger.

Celebrated on February 14th, Generosity Day is one day of sharing love with everyone, of being generous to everyone, to see how it feels and to practice saying “Yes.” The goal is to spend Valentine’s Day cultivating your practice of generosity, because in today’s fast-paced world, it is too easy to be disconnected and to have “NO” be your reflex.

It may be as simple as getting up early to shovel your neighbor’s driveway before leaving for work, offering to tutor a struggling classmate, or putting a dollar in the hand of the homeless man you pass everyday.

“Whether for you it’s an excuse to be simply, secretly, surprisingly generous, or whether it’s beginning the day with kindness, like tipping 100%, offering a rose to a stranger, or saying yes when you’re asked for help, together let’s transform February 14th with a million acts of generosity,” reads the official website.

Now that’s the kind of holiday I can really get behind: a day of celebrating selflessness instead of collecting trinkets, and changing someone’s day for the better without spending money or creating waste. It’s not about how much we spend, but about how much love and positivity we can spread, without thought for personal gain or accolades.

The completely volunteer-driven movement is always looking for more people to help manage, promote and create. If you’re interested, check out the “Help Evangelize” tab on the Generosity Day website, or check them out on Facebook.


Related Reading:

An Act Of Generosity Can Make A Huge Impact

Secret Kind Gestures For Valentine’s Day

The Generosity Of One Homeless Kid On Christmas


Image via Acumen Fund


Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson4 years ago

why make it just one day? :)

Estelle S.
Estelle S5 years ago

good idea

Carol R.
Carol R5 years ago

Great Idea, but let's try to make EVERY day a generosity day.

Paul Girardin
Paul Girardin5 years ago

I'm not against valentine's Day per se but prefer that romantic or affectionate gestures be done whenever you feel like it!

I don't believe in the fact that certain things should be done only on designated days!

Will you refrain from kissing your significant other because it is the day before OR after Valentine's?

Will you keep silent and not say "I love You" because it is reserved for THAT day?

That's a load of bollocks, people! (as in nonsense or information deliberately intended to mislead).

Yes, do tell your feelings and act like you mean it on this particular day BUT continue proving it by making spontaneous gestures at any time of the year!

Shirley Townsend
Shirley T5 years ago

I love the idea of generosity day. I also love Valentine's Day. I'm do not understand why if people feel a particular holiday is commercialized they don't like it. Do it your own way. Who cares how companies try to get us to celebrate it. I'll make a special day a Generosity Day but I'll still ask my husband to be my special Valentine along with my children and grandchildren. I also invited them to join me in One Billion Rising.

Sharon T.
sharon Tyson5 years ago

Generosity is a lost virtue. We live in a self centered country. This post reminds me that little acts of generosity can raise awareness and change us and others in unexpected ways. Thank you for the reminder.

a             y m.
g d c5 years ago

doesn't need to be limited to a day...

a             y m.
g d c5 years ago


Malgorzata Zmuda
Malgorzata Zmuda5 years ago

Pomysł lepszy niż skomercjalizowane walentynki.

Elizabeth M.
Elizabeth M5 years ago

This is a great idea! I will keep this in mind this afternoon! I like the idea of Generosity Day - giving of ones self to help or assist some else!