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What Makes You Tick? Giving Everyday Might Be the Answer

What makes you tick and brings joy to your life? I feel fortunate that I have discovered this through giving everyday and hope this story inspires you try giving as a way to bring happiness to your life.

I am often told how inspiring my work is for 365give. I am continually humbled and surprised by the amount of views and comments we get from our recent TEDx Talk “How to Be Happy Every Day: It Will Change the World”

We hear from viewers from around the world asking how they can get started, how can they help, how can they volunteer or become an Ambassador for the 365give. As a small volunteer run organization I don’t always have the answer. Having a new global reach is a big learning and growing phase of our organization.

But what I have is a clear vision for 365give – Changing the World 1 give, 1 day at time. It’s never been my job. I have never been paid for the endless hours I have dedicated, along with the endless hours by our dedicated volunteers. What I do know is it’s my life’s work. It’s why I’m here, it’s what makes me tick, what gets me excited every day to wake up. I believe we all have work to do on our planet to help create a better world, a happier world.

So, the next time I am asked “how can I help” I will ask a simple question – what’s your life’s work?

Not your job but your work? Wes Moore’s talk on Super Soul Sunday “The Difference Between Our Job and our Work” explains this so beautifully. It’s the difference between what we do to make a living vs what brings our life meaning and purpose.


My Favourite Line In This Talk “Make Sure It Mattered You Were Ever Here.”

Find your way to make a positive contribution to our world that thing that makes you jump out of bed in the morning. It will be different for each of us. You don’t have to spend endless hours volunteering or donating millions of dollars but do what you can do.

  • If you love our planet and want to help stop Global Warming- -pick up garbage – every day.
  • If you care deeply about animals bring stray dogs or cats food and water or support a local rescue center.
  • If world hunger and poverty make you cry feed a person a need or volunteer at a local soup kitchen.

Now take it a step further. Start inspiring others. Join our community and share your stories. It’s how we started. We did one thing to change the world every day and we shared our stories inspiring others to give. It’s creating a ripple that’s traveling around the world.  Make your small daily give part of something bigger, a community that’s standing together because they want to change the world.

At the end of the day I want to make sure it mattered I was every here. What about you?

For more inspiration and ideas follow our stories, or check out our daily giving ideas page. Tag us #365give / @365give on social and will share your stories.

What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
“My life has greater meaning now.”
Renate Jorge, @BeKindBrazil and 365give Member, Family Program (Brazil)
“I just wanted to share that 365give really helped me. I am a better person now, thank you.”
MayLee, 365give Member, Individual Program
“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)