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Generosity and Mental Health

Generous people are rarely mentally ill.  On the other hand, let us not be critical of our stingy friends.  Remember, stinginess is an illness.  Some don’t dare give; they might run out.  My dear friends, of course you are going to run out. You can’t take it with you.... The ill individual narrows his vision until he ceases to see the multiplicity of opportunities.

– Karl Menninger, psychologist, quoted in the Ministry of Money newsletter, February, 1997, p. 5.