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We all have times in our life when we go looking for happiness.
We want that magic pill that will suddenly make the world light up in front of our eyes.
Some think its money that will bring happiness: The ability to buy happiness in the form of a new pair of shoes, a new house or maybe a long vacation would be the key. .
Some think it’s the “perfect” romantic love in your life: That feeling of a first kiss, a first date, the flutter of your heart as it falls head over heels “in love.”
Some even think fame is the magic pill to happiness: Being recognized by millions, your name shouted from a red carpet or fans clamoring to get a picture.
We look so far out of ourselves for happiness. We look to others, we look to possessions, we look for that secret remedy to feel happier about who we are on the outside in hopes it will make us happy on the inside.
What if I told you I found the remedy? The secret to happiness!
The one thing in the world that no matter when you do it, how often you do it or who you do it for will make you feel happy. I will tell you this, it’s addictive and it’s a feeling you will want every day once you start. It doesn’t matter what your race, religion or sex.
We can all have happiness every day in our lives.
I recently took stock on the happiness level in my life. How could I possibly be more happy than the day my 2nd adopted son came home just a few weeks ago. Talk about happiness! The happiness my husband gives me every day or the glorious place I live in the world. (Vancouver, BC).
But there is one thing that became my focus every day for 365 days. It is the magic – it is the happiness remedy. I am truly happy from the inside out when I am giving.
It could be volunteering, using my fundraising expertise to help not-for-profit organizations, working with the homeless on the street, even picking up garbage at my local beach.
My magic pill is simple. It’s called the GIVE pill – a natural remedy that doesn’t have to cost you money.
It is being of service to others, knowing you did something in your day to help another living creature, whether it’s a human being, an animal, or our planet. The greatest thing about giving is it makes you feel good on the inside. It doesn’t matter what you look like, how much your income may or may not be, how big your house is or what brand of shoes you are wearing.
Giving will make you feel happy – every day.
So if you are looking for that “thing” that will make you jump out of bed in the morning with a spring in your step – find a way to GIVE. It will bring you the happiness you have been looking for – after 365 days of giving I can guarantee it works.
What is your favourite way to give? Share your happiness pill with us.
Need some inspiration. Check out any of the last 365 days of giving. Let us know which is your favourite.
Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give. - Eleanor Roosevelt
The giving in Vancouver continues today as I shed some more light on the good hearted, giving people of our city. Today’s give was to the local West Vancouver SPCA but I also got a big give back as well!
Day 273: Give 273
This is not the first time I have posted about the SPCA they are an organization I support a number of times a year every year. (Give 183 & Give 48) I was out walking my dogs this morning in an off leash dog area in West Vancouver and a lovely young women ( a volunteer) was stopping every dog owner to inform them of a special fundraising event happening just around the corner at the SPCA. Our local animal shelter. Volunteers were waiting to wash my dogs! I am liking this give more and more. One of my dogs recently got skunked and she could use yet another bath with some nice smelly soap. My “give of the day” had landed right in my lap and I wanted to show my support to such a great organization. I had a lot of things to get done that day and I almost didn’t go but I decided giving to the SPCA was more important than anything else I could get done on my “to do” list.
The SPCA rescues and cares for so many animals that have been abandon and abused. They find them homes and provide medical care and support until the day they get a family.
One of the best parts of this give were some of the volunteers I met. Terry Picha and Mark Wilkinson washed my dogs like pros. I was told Terry is one of the most dedicated volunteers at the West Vancouver SPCA. We had a great chat about giving and her comment that she left me with was “giving just makes me feel good.” Mark is a fire fighter – he already gives back every day in his job and now during his time off he continues his giving and helps our community, he helps the animals. Everyone washing the dogs were volunteers for the SPCA and their dedication is unwavering. They got sprayed by wet dogs with every wash but they just kept on giving.
If you are a Vancouver resident the next fundraising dog was is August, 28, 2011. Mark it in your calendars! Have you ever done something to give to your local animal shelter? Share your story with us.
Time Commitment: 20 minutes
Cost: $20 donation per dog
Have you got $1.00 to give? Just 1. It’s all it takes to change the world. What if I gave $1.00, you gave $1.00, your bother gave $1.00 and we kept passing it along? We tweeted it, Facebooked, even did a You Tube feature on just a $1.00 donation so that everyone in the world – when they could afford it – gave just $1.00. All of a sudden with just a small donation the world would change. How many billions of dollars would be donated every year to causes that truly need our help. I have the answer for you right here.
Day 252: Give 252
It’s the answer. One word, one click, $1.00. I came across Philanthroper early in my giving journey and tried to give my $1.00 but because I was Canadian and didn’t have a US chequing account I wasn’t able to. But now that has changed and I donated my first $1.00 today. Philanthoper is a daily deal site but they aren’t selling a thing. Instead they are featuring a new not-for-profit organization that for just $1.00 you can help. I love this quote “We’re trying to make doing good a habit”
For the next few days I am going to share with you what the daily “give” is on Philanthroper so you to can make doing a good a daily habit.
Today’s deal was a $1.00 to the American Humane Association. Their focus is on two of the most vulnerable groups in the world, children and animals. Why this focus?
“They’re the most vulnerable members of society,” explains Michelle Howard, Child Welfare Training and Technical Assistance Specialist.
- For children they “prevent and respond to child abuse and neglect. They work to build strong families and safe communities where children can thrive.”
- For animals they “speak up for those who can’t, as they tirelessly work to ensure the well-being of pets, animal victims of disasters, animal actors, and farm animals.”
My dollar was donation 122 today. So my dollar is now part of a $122.00 donation. It works that easily. One small donation along with your small donation adds up every day.
What will it be tomorrow? Stay tuned and get your dollar working for others. Do you have an idea for a $1.00 donation? Send us a comment so we can make doing good a habit!
Time Commitment: 2 minutes