Emotional Generosity

I like extended definitions that point to the world in a new or more precise way or that allow it to be a more generous, grace-infused place. Here’s an example that fits both criteria:

‘Emotional generosity’ is the ability to see past behaviours that we don’t understand and proactively look for compassionate ways to explain them. It’s easy to do this for young children. If they start crying or throwing a tantrum, we wonder whether they are hungry, or tired, or hurt. Sadly, it’s harder to do this for adults — and especially our co-workers. And yet a more generous interpretation of their difficult behaviour often ends up being right.

Source: The Founder Coach

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