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15 Ways to Increase Generosity and Happiness this Year

The first few weeks of 2024 have unfolded. Are you resuming your daily routines following the festive cheer of Christmas and the new year? As we immerse ourselves back into the rhythm of our schedules, it is important not to overlook the emotions we carry over from the festivals – happiness and generosity. We have come up with 15 practical ways to increase generosity and happiness, inviting you to embark on the new year with joy and make it a guiding force in your life. By incorporating these practices, you can actively increase generosity not only during celebratory seasons but throughout the entire year, fostering a lasting impact on your happiness and well-being and those around you.

Increase Generosity and Happiness at Home

1. Mentor people

We are all unique and have something to offer. Through online platforms like ADPList, you can give guidance and mentorship to individuals seeking to acquire new skills, advance in their careers, or overcome challenges.

2. Donate money

When considering financial support, choose an organization that aligns with your mission and values. Immerse yourself in their cause; your understanding and heartfelt contribution fuel their unwavering motivation to create positive change.

3. Donate unused items

Take a look around your home, and with a giving heart, gather those unused items – be it clothes, books, or toys. By donating them, By donating, you not only assist those in need but also make a significant impact on preserving our planet’s beauty.

4. Support environmental-friendly business

Why don’t we extend the Boxing Day shopping enthusiasm to support sustainable businesses? Choose to shop from businesses that prioritize sustainability and eco-friendly practices.

5. Sponsor a child or animal

Make a meaningful, ongoing commitment to support the well-being of a child through child sponsorship programs or the welfare of animals through organizations dedicated to their care.

6. Express gratitude to your family

Sometimes, we become accustomed to our loved ones’ contributions. Don’t take them for granted. Take a moment to express appreciation through heartfelt messages and gestures, acknowledging their support and presence in your life.

7. Share inspirational content

Go beyond scrolling social media this year. Create and share inspirational content online to uplift and motivate others. Whether through blogs, social media, or videos, positive messages can have a ripple effect in spreading optimism.

8. Actively care for your friends

No matter how far they are from you, drop them a message. Check-in, listen with an open heart, and extend a helping hand when your friends need it the most. Distance shouldn’t hinder the warmth of genuine friendship.

9. Organize an interest group and share ideas and thoughts

Bring together like-minded individuals by organizing an interest group where you can share ideas and thoughts. More and more people use online tools such as Discord and Slack to create a space for meaningful discussions, fostering a sense of camaraderie and shared passion within the community.

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Increase Generosity and Happiness in your Neighbourhood

10. Volunteer 

Invest your time and skills in diverse volunteer opportunities. Become a reading buddy for local students, offer your expertise to a community organization, or participate in hands-on community service events like neighborhood cleanups. Personally, I volunteer for 365give to promote the idea of giving and generosity.

11. Donate blood

Contribute the gift of life by donating blood to local blood banks or medical centers, supporting those in need of life-saving transfusions and medical treatments. Your blood can have a profound impact and save a valuable life.

12. Buy a meal for people suffering from homelessness

Extend a compassionate hand by buying a hot meal, perhaps a warm coffee or nutritious food, and offering it to individuals facing homelessness in your community. This simple act of kindness not only provides nourishment but also warms their hearts during the cold winter months, reminding them that they are not alone in their journey.

13. Thank a local hero in your community

In every community, there are individuals quietly but tirelessly contributing to make it a better place for all. Take a moment to acknowledge and express heartfelt gratitude to these local heroes. They could be healthcare workers tending to the sick, brave first responders rushing to our aid in times of crisis, or educators shaping the minds of the future. Your appreciation serves as a source of inspiration and motivation for them.

14. Support local businesses

Choose to support local businesses and artisans in your neighbourhood. By doing so, you contribute to the economic well-being of your community and help sustain unique, locally-owned establishments.

15. Support a newcomer in the community

Extend a welcoming hand to a newcomer in the community. Offer guidance, share local insights, and make them feel at home. Small acts of kindness can go a long way in helping someone new find their place and build connections within the community.

No one knows what is going to happen in 2024, but here is one thing we can do – increase generosity and happiness by ourselves. By fostering generosity and embracing the joy it brings, we unlock a pathway to a more compassionate and connected world. Together, let’s make generosity and happiness integral parts of our daily lives, creating a brighter and more harmonious world for all.

Find more ideas or sign up for daily giving inspirations at 365give.ca. You may also be interested in these blog posts for ideas on how giving can boost happiness and well-being:

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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)
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“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)