The power of being magnanimous

When I was young and my family would go out to dinner with another family, it astounded me when the two fathers would see who could be the first to grab the check and pay for the whole meal. “Why would anyone want to pay for another family’s meal?” I wondered.

Of course, as I grew up, I better understood the joys of being generous and found it more and more natural to want to give whatever I could to others. But still there was that sense of a zero-sum game in my thought—a sense that if I were generous with my resources, there would be less for me and my family.

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