22 New Small Acts Of Giving That Increase Happiness
Looking for more happiness for you and the world? These small acts of giving that increase happiness are your ticket. Just when you think you are out of giving ideas, we have 22 new small acts of giving that can be added to your daily giving list. These small acts of giving range from donating, to volunteering your time to help others. With various online platforms giving is easier than ever.
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- Start an online fundraiser via Facebook for a cause or organization you are passionate about.
With just a click of a button you will be able to set goals and share your initiative with your Facebook friends.
- Host a garage and donate the remaining items
With Summer approaching, Spring cleaning is on many people’s lists. Selling your used items is not only a good way to make some extra cash, but you can also donate your unsold items to local charities and thrift stores.
- Collect garbage and waste around your neighbourhood
As we become more concerned about the environment, cleaning waste around your neighbourhood is not only a good way to get outside but also an awesome way to help the environment.
- Host a food packaging event
There are many amazing organizations that host these types of events, so why not make your own? Create an event page or gather some of your friends for a fun day of cooking and preparing packaged meals that are donated to a local shelter, given to the homeless or shared with people in your local neighbourhood.
- Recycle your old phones
Technological waste is not only a global problem but also negatively affects the environment.
- Volunteer to walk dogs around your neighbourhood
With the nice weather approaching, there really is no better excuse for getting outside and helping out a neighbour… not to mention getting to play with a dog for an hour or two. A triple win!
- Be an active listener
Take a break from your technology – Yes, I said it. Hangout with your friends, coworkers or family unplugged and enjoy the one-on-one time!
- Donate your used Running Shoes
Nike’s program Reuse a shoe help create products out of recycle materials. Learn more here.
- Cook dinner for your roommate or family
Even the simplest of tasks should not go unrecognized. Cooking a meal for your roommates or family members is a nice gesture for a daily give.
Who knew you could give through online shopping? Browse the internet using Swagbucks to collect points used to redeem gift cards OR donate to various organizations.
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- Share the Meal app
With one click of a button you can download the Share the Meal app powered by the World Food Programme. You can choose your donation frequency and price. With optional contribution you are able to see the ways in which your contribution is being distributed!
- Volunteer at a retirement home
Do you have any special talents? Why not volunteer at a retirement home to entertain residents for an hour or two.
- Donate your business clothes
Dress for Success accepts gently used business attire to women. Find a drop off office near you! Learn more about volunteer opportunities and other ways to get involved here.
- Volunteer at your local hospital
Hospitals have a plethora of volunteer opportunities. From participating in events, offering comfort to patients or helping with food services, these positions are always needed and prove to be a rewarding way of giving back.
- Give blood
Giving blood is a simple task that can also save lives. Learn more about where you can donate here.
- Support businesses that give back
Canada is full of amazing organizations that donate or offer a percentage of profits to give back to various causes. Find a list of companies here.
- Vote (if of age)
In today’s political climate it is important to do your research and choose a candidate that aligns with YOUR values. Let’s take advantage of our rights and choose leaders who can make a difference!
- Pay it forward
As a former Starbucks employee I used to love seeing the chain reaction of paying it forward. Seeing how far the initiative continues is awesome. Why not use the rest of your gift card for someone else’s order, or provide spare change as a contribution?
- Be a conscious consumer
Being aware of what you buy can make a world of a difference. Shopping local and supporting local entrepreneurs is a great way to start!
- Donate your hair
Are you in need of a hair cut? There are various organizations that accept donations that are used for those who suffer from hair loss.
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- Donate your toys
Are you children getting older? Do they have toys they no longer use? Donate your gently used items to local charities for other children to enjoy.
Not sure how to get involved? Ask! Charities and non-profit organization are always looking for an extra hand. Email an organization that supports a cause you can support and see how you can get involved.
While this list is condensed into 22 ways of giving, there are many more small acts of giving you can do every day. Our Impact Map shows how our members give every day. This is a great place to be inspired or get new ideas! Sign up for your 365give membership and start the 365give Challenge. You will be amazed how giving everyday increases you happiness and the happiness of others.