I cannot even count how many times I’ve been asked what I’d do with a huge lottery win. More than the average person, considering I’ve worked in places that sell lottery tickets. Still, the question is one we’ve all considered at one time or another. And there are all the things we’d do for ourselves and all the things we’d buy or give to those in our lives who we know have a need.
But what would I do with millions of dollars?
Aside from whatever personal expenditures I’d make, my plan would be to spend my life leaving very large tips for service employees.
There’s something really powerful about the idea of just giving to strangers, not because they are specifically in need of help but simply out of kindness and generosity. Random acts, paying it forward, simply being a giving person. Being kind just because the world needs more kindness, being generous just because you’re lucky enough to be able to give.
Certainly making a regular habit of giving freely has an element of thankfulness to it: giving signifies an ability to spare some of what you have, that you have enough to share. But more than that, it’s the sharing of goodwill and joy in a way which is likely to extend beyond that act. It’s putting positivity into the world in a tangible way which encourages the recipient to do the same for someone else.