You’re officially invited to join us for Generosity Day 2013.

In 2011, Sasha Dichter, the creator of Generosity Day said, “This Monday, Valentine’s Day, is going to be rebooted as Generosity Day: one day of sharing love with everyone, of being generous to everyone, to see how it feels and to practice saying “Yes.” Let’s make the day about love, action and human connection–because we can do better than smarmy greeting cards, overpriced roses, and stressed-out couples trying to create romantic meals on the fly.”

In 2013, our challenge is to complete one MILLION generous acts.

We’ve got this. Right? Right.

Remember, being generous doesn’t always have to involve money.

Here are a few ideas that come to my mind:

  • Help your partner with that one chore they do every night.
  • Go visit a neighbor you haven’t seen in a while
  • Call an old friend
  • Smile at the stranger you see on your way to work every morning
  • Encourage your kids to leave thank you notes (or draw pictures!) for the garbage man or the mail man
  • Send a hand written note to your child’s teacher to say thanks.

What’s the one thing you could do that would brighten someone’s day? A smile? A hug? An open heart? An ear to listen? Sometimes that’s all people need. Keep an open mind – the possibilities are endless. If you need more information or want to help out, check out: http://www.spreadgenerosityday.com/.

I invite you to share your generous acts by tweeting them using the hashtag #generosityday or by posting on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/generosityday?ref=ts&fref=ts. Our team at Elements Partnership was so inspired by this last year that we created a Generosity Day page just for St. Louis. You can find that link here: http://www.facebook.com/generositydaystl. Either way, we want to hear about what you did.

What will you do?