Generativity: Help Others Grow

Generativity—the ability to help others grow—is one of the most studied capacities in all of psychology. Nurturing others is deeply rewarding. It is like preparing someone else's garden for springtime. From raising a child to mentoring a student or colleague, to just passing along wisdom, generativity gives us a feeling of power along with love. It also protects us against depression and low self-esteem. Answer these twenty questions to find out about your own capacity for generativity.

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A Bit About This Quiz

The quiz you are about to take is adapted from The Love and Longevity scale, which was created and tested by Dr. Stephen Post and colleagues of his at the University of Miami. It allows you to self-rate ten different giving behaviors. Score yourself now, and then again as you change and grow in your ways of giving. Please try to click the one option that best reflects your opinion about whether or not each statement below describes you or experiences that you have had. There are no correct answers, so please respond as honestly as possible to each one.  To learn more about weaving generous behavior into your own life and becoming a happier, healthier person, buy the book HERE.

1. When people in my family say they need something, I instantly think of ways I could help.

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2. I always go out of my way to help members of my family.

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3. It's not that personally important for me to be helpful to members of my family.

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4. I'm not really good at figuring out ways to help members of my family.

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5. It's not that rewarding to offer my time to help members of my family.

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6. I would donate bone marrow or a kidney if a friend needed it.

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7. It's personally important for me to be helpful to friends.

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8. I always go out of my way to help a friend.

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9. If a friend needed money, I would probably not loan it to them, even if I had it.

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10. I'm not really good at figuring out ways to help friends.

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11. I take pleasure in doing favors for people in my neighborhood or at work.

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12. If a neighbor or coworker needs help, I offer it.

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13. It's important for me to be helpful to neighbors or coworkers in some way.

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14. I seldom go out of my way to help a neighbor or coworker.

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15. I don't find it very rewarding to offer my time to help neighbors or coworkers.

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16. Many of my efforts are motivated by my desire to help humanity in some way.

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17. I try to donate blood regularly.

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18. I think it's important for me to try to leave this world better than I found it.

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19. Donating money to charity is not, and probably never will be, a priority for me.

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20. It's not that rewarding to give things away to people I don't know.

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