Italians are known to be generous. Why is it beneficial to adapt this trait and integrate it into your life? Not only is it beneficial to your loved ones, you will find it rewarding yourself!
Here are the 6 main reasons I believe Italian generosity is important.
1. Family Life Improves
Whenever I think about my grandparents, I always have good memories. This is because, they were generous people. They cared more about their family than about themselves. They cared how we made them feel. They would run and jump if there was any sort of issue and you knew you can always count on them.
This is how you want to be remember in your family. If you are generous with them, they will remember it.
Nothing is more important than family, and being there for each other is what it’s all about.
2. You Will Live Longer & Healthier
In Rosetto, PA, there was an Italian-American neighborhood that was seeing incredible breakthroughs in health. The seniors were living longer and the risk of heart attack was practically non-existant.
Doctors went to conduct a study. They assumed it was diet related that was helping these statistics. However, they quickly found out that their diets were no different from most towns in the United States.
While the doctors were there, they noticed the way of life these Italian-Americans practiced. The town was close and tight nit. Everyone was generous with one another. They all helped provide each other with what you need to survive. Everyone knew where their next meal would come from and they all got along instead of hide away in their houses.
The study came to the conclusion that it’s not diet the diet that was the factor, it was reduced stress.
So, by adapting this generous Italian-American lifestyle, this can help you do the same!
3. More Positive Outlook
When you help others, you will have a rewarding feeling knowing you are a positive force in the world.
Our best example of giving is when we donated $17,000 to Italian hospitals during the COVID 19 crisis.
We knew Italians were hit the hardest when the immediate news broke out. The stories of the hospitals not being able to service all the patients was heartbreaking to us and we wanted to do something to support.
When we asked our fans to get behind this donation, it was just an all around positive experience for everyone.
The hospitals greatly appreciated the donations and the Hardcore fans loved supporting their home county.
By donating and giving, you have a more positive outlook that things will get better and the feeling you have doing good things will rub off on your mood.
4. Satisfaction With What You Have
It’s easy to have envy or jealousy by the way our world is set up today. We go on Instagram or Facebook and all we are doing is seeing people brag about how good things are (even though behind the scenes thats usually not the case).
We are trained to worry about what others have that we don’t have. This leads to depression, negativity, and unsatisfaction.
However, when you are generous, you are worried about what you have that others don’t.
You realize you are lucky to have your home, family, job, etc. You find ways to give, so you realize what others don’t have. You have a perspective of appreciating everything around you, which will lead to your overall happiness.
5. You Will Have A Good Life
As many Italians know, if you apply the lessons learned from the bible into your life, it will lead to good things.
So when the bible mentions generosity over 20+ times, I listen.
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38
God wants us to be generous!
When we are generous with others, it is bound to come back to us. It may not be in every circumstance and you may be taken advantage of a few times, but, it will come back.
6. You'll Never Starve!
Since the last couple of bullets were relatively serious, I wanted to keep this final one light-hearted!
When you are out to dinner with friends/family, having a party, or inviting a guest to dinner – the rule for Italians is to always have plenty of food.
The best perk of this is you never have to worry about food. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked in the fridge and found leftovers.
One less thing to stress about!
Now Carry This On!
I write these blogs and record these videos from the heart.
My late grandparents from Italy were the most generous people I have ever met in my life, and I am forever grateful for the opportunity they provided me to live a good life.
I know for a lot of you, you have a similar story with your grandparents.
We should genuinely be doing all we can to respect their teachings and passing it along to future generations. By doing so, they live on forever.
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