“Why am I so poor?”

A poor man asked the Buddha, “Why am I so poor?”

The Buddha replied, “Because you didn’t practice generosity.” The poor man, “I have no money; what can I give away?” The Buddha, “Even though you have no money, you can smile at others, look at others with joyful eyes, use your speech to praise others’ good qualities, use your mind to think of benefiting others, and use your body to serve others respectfully; these are all ways to practice generosity.”