Generosity is a means of opening our heart, as well as helping another. It is the first of the 6 paramitas, or 6 perfections, to cultivate compassion and wisdom. They are: generosity, ethical discipline, patience, perseverance, concentration, and wisdom; and are in the order of easiest to most difficult to practice. So start with generosity. Start by giving small things like a smile, or guidance, or friendship. Gradually expand to food, clothing, shelter, and money. Expand further to giving respect, trust, love, and compassion. This sets a marvelous base to build our compassion.