Re-prescription Part I: GENEROSITY

tl;dr Helping others helps us. We were reluctant to include (any types of ) generosity on the Prescription. We need your help wording it now.

We see the Prescription as nourishing your “roots” so you can grow and flower.

The science is clear on generosity: Helping others helps us.

Lara Kris Watson at the “Purple Bins.” Photo by Sarah L. Voisin, curator of Takoma Park Free Art Library & photographer at The Washington Post.

Science tidbits on generosity:

Susan’s story and the Nonprofit Wellness link

V.2 added crafting, drums, intoxicants, etc…what should be added in V.3?

“Hurt people hurt people.”

“People who give, live longer.”

“Helping others helps us.”

So, do we really want to encourage burned out staff to keep being “generous”?


“The harmful effects of stress on health are not inevitable. How you think and how you act can transform your experience of stress. When you choose to view your stress response as helpful, you create the biology of courage. And when you choose to connect with others under stress, you can create resilience.”

“When you choose to view stress in this way, you’re not just getting better at stress, you’re actually making a pretty profound statement…You can trust yourself to handle life’s challenges. And you’re remembering you don’t have to face them alone.”



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