Good Will To All Sun, Dec 06, 2015
Christmas is often associated with the virtue of Charity. Helping those who need it and giving to those without. For example, we'll be doing a service project on Wednesday to help wrap gifts. Service projects like this are a great way for us to display that our success and teamwork as a corporation can be used to serve generous ends. Even barring the obvious moral reasons for doing so, being generous has been evidenced to be one of the best ways to improve your health, happiness, and overall life satisfaction.
I consider Charity to be a sort of "externalized" Gratitude. Charity flows from the outward actions expressing a thankful mindset. In fact, the Greek language has a specific word for Charity as an expression of Love. There are four general words for Love in Greek:
Agápe - Charity, brotherly love, to will the Good of another.
Éros - Passionate or romantic love.
Philia - Affectionate regard or friendship.
Storge - Parental or familial love.
Agápe love is one of the more difficult forms of Love to establish, largely because it's so abstract. How do you love someone you don't even know? But, like any of our other Happiness practices, Charity is cultivated through practice and willpower. We consciously assume that others are deserving of love and assistance, even if we don't know them personally. By doing so, we develop our own love and happiness.