Reinventing Valentine’s Day

I’ve been looking for a Valentine’s Day alternative for years and am totally on board with Sasha Dichter’s idea to reboot Valentine’s Day as Generosity Day. A day where you say “yes” to everything that is asked of you all day long.

It’s going to be an interesting day, spent focused on the little (or big) things I can do to make the world a better, or at least more generous, place. I borrowed three of Sasha’s suggestions and added nine of my own to the list below. Here are my Generosity Day plans:

1. Give money to every street musician, or homeless person who asks
2. Leave big tips
3. Donate books I’m done reading to the library
4. Give gently used clothes to goodwill
5. Smile at people
6. Give patient and thoughtful responses to even the most exasperating questions
7. Give respect to everyone (even the rude or disrespectful)
8. Volunteer for an event posted on One Brick
9. Go to the United Way site and find a volunteer opportunity for the whole family
10. Make friends with a stranger
11. Try not to shove or push on the subway, OR give dirty looks when someone shoves me
12. Treat self (and husband) to a delicious cup of City Bakery hot chocolate


  1. Kim, I just LOVE your list. Thank you for being part of this in such a thoughtful and honest way and for sharing it with your readers.

  2. Tom says:

    Isn’t this a refreshing idea? I saw Sasha’s post and wrote my own here:

  3. Sasha, thanks for putting this idea out there. It’s exciting to see how quickly it caught on. Can’t wait ’til tomorrow!

    Tom, nice post. :)

  4. Tom says:

    Kimberly, Thank you! I’m glad you liked it.

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