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66 Ways to Jump Start 2024 to Be Happier, Be Healthier & Be Love

As we embark on a new year, it’s the perfect time to jump start 2024 with a powerful combination of positivity and purpose. Let’s set a clear intention for the coming year together to be happier, be healthier, and be love.  At 365give we say giving is love in action, so getting started is simple – small intentional acts of giving every day for the New Year.  Let’s explore and understand why giving every day matters, how to make giving a daily habit, and why practicing giving 365 days a year can lead to a happier, healthier, and more love-filled life.

Why Give Every Day?

Giving every day is a transformative practice that goes beyond occasional “random acts of kindness”. It becomes a lifestyle, shaping how you feel, a habitual healthy habit, and impacting the world around you. When you make giving a daily habit, you contribute to a ripple effect of positivity, creating a chain of goodwill that extends far beyond your immediate actions. It spreads love and happiness everywhere you go creating a world we all want to live in.

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How to Make Giving a Daily Habit

1. Start Small

Jump start your giving by starting small. Begin with simple acts of giving that you can incorporate into your everyday life.

  • Taking bags to the grocery store
  • Recycling
  • Composting
  • Smiling at everyone you meet

2. Set Reminders

Use daily alarms or notes to prompt your giving.

  • Try a habit tracker app to get a daily reminder
  • Sign up for a daily giving idea in your inbox from us
  • Do it with a friend and remind each other

3. Create a Giving Calendar

Plan specific acts of giving for each day.

  • Start with a 7-day list ( you can download one from our programs pages)
  • Create a month-long calendar posted to your fridge.
  • Sign up for the 365give Challenge and we will get you going every day.

Why Practice Giving 365 Days a Year?

Giving every day fosters healthy habits, consistency, and mindfulness. It’s about realizing that even the smallest gestures can make a significant difference. When you practice giving consistently throughout the year, you become a beacon of positivity, for you and everyone around you. It gives your life meaning and purpose every day even when the world looks a little dark and hopeless. It adds the light in the dark and a knowing you are making a difference. It also creates the helper’s high and research proves it.

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How Giving Makes You Happier

  • Boosts Mood: Acts of kindness trigger the release of endorphins.
  • Fosters Gratitude: Giving allows you to appreciate what you have.
  • Creates Positive Connections: Building relationships through giving enhances overall happiness.

How Giving Makes You Healthier

  • Reduces Stress: Acts of kindness have been linked to lower stress levels.
  • Boosts Immune System: The positive emotions from giving contribute to a healthier immune response.
  • Increases Lifespan: Studies suggest that regular giving may lead to a longer, more fulfilling life.

How Giving Makes You Feel Like Love

  • Promotes Empathy: Giving allows you to understand and share the feelings of others.
  • Strengthens Relationships: Acts of kindness deepen connections with those around you.
  • Fulfills a Higher Purpose: Giving provides a sense of meaning and fulfillment.

Create a Daily Giving Habit

Fun Fact: Research shows it takes the average person 66 days for a new habit to stick. We have the list to jump start your giving and make a lifetime habit that will change you and the world.

66 Small Ways to Jump Start Your Giving in 2024

  1. Smile at a stranger.
  2. Leave an uplifting note in a public place.
  3. Compliment a colleague.
  4. Volunteer at a local charity.
  5. Donate to a cause you believe in.
  6. Hold the door open for someone.
  7. Plant a tree.
  8. Offer to help a neighbor with a task.
  9. Buy a coffee for the person behind you in line.
  10. Send a handwritten letter to a friend.
  11. Leave uplifting notes in library books for future readers.
  12. Bring reusable bags when shopping to reduce plastic waste.
  13. Feed the birds in your neighborhood.
  14. Organize a community cleanup day.
  15. Adopt a rescue pet from a local shelter.
  16. Practice mindful eating by choosing locally sourced and sustainable food.
  17. Start a small garden and share the harvest with neighbors.
  18. Donate old clothes to a shelter or charity.
  19. Host a virtual game night to bring joy to friends.
  20. Support local businesses by buying from them.
  21. Write positive online reviews for your favorite small businesses.
  22. Donate blood to a local blood bank.
  23. Create care packages for the homeless with essentials and snacks.
  24. Participate in a charity run or walk for a cause you care about.
  25. Make a point to listen actively when someone needs to talk.
  26. Contribute to a crowdfunding campaign for someone in need.
  27. Surprise a neighbor with homemade treats.
  28. Send a text message of gratitude to a friend
  29. Offer to babysit for a friend or family member.
  30. Collect and donate books to a local school or library.
  31. Write letters of appreciation to teachers or mentors.
  32. Support a friend’s passion project or creative endeavor.
  33. Hold a dance party at home or virtually to lift spirits.
  34. Create and share a positive playlist on music platforms.
  35. Send a care package to a friend going through a tough time.
  36. Practice patience and kindness in traffic.
  37. Join a local environmental group and participate in clean-up initiatives.
  38. Start a compost bin at home to reduce food waste.
  39. Educate others about the importance of sustainable living.
  40. Plant a tree in your community.
  41. Purchase eco-friendly products and support green initiatives.
  42. Volunteer at an animal shelter.
  43. Foster a pet awaiting adoption.
  44. Adopt a highway and commit to keeping it clean.
  45. Organize a neighborhood tree-planting event.
  46. Donate old blankets and towels to an animal shelter.
  47. Set up a bird feeder in your backyard.
  48. Participate in a community garden project.
  49. Host an in person or virtual cooking class to share healthy recipes.
  50. Create and share positive affirmations with friends, family or on social media.
  51. Contribute to a cause-focused podcast or blog.
  52. Support ethical fashion brands committed to sustainability.
  53. Collect and recycle e-waste responsibly.
  54. Volunteer at a local food bank.
  55. Organize a community swap event for clothes and household items.
  56. Host a virtual or in person book club focused on uplifting literature.
  57. Visit a nursing home and spend time chatting with elderly residents.
  58. Surprise a colleague with their favorite snack or coffee.
  59. Write letters to deployed military personnel to show appreciation.
  60. Support a local artist by purchasing their artwork.
  61. Make a favorite recipe for a friend.
  62. Attend a community event and actively engage with others.
  63. Donate your gently used household items to a local charity.
  64. Share your giving ideas on social media to inspire your followers to give.
  65. Offer to walk a neighbor’s dog.
  66. Plant flowers in public spaces to beautify the community and help the bees!

Why Join the 365give Challenge for the New Year

Joining the 365give Challenge for the New Year is an invitation to be part of a global movement dedicated to making a positive impact. It’s an opportunity to contribute to a collective effort to spread love and kindness, one day at a time. Not only will you enhance your own well-being but also become a catalyst for positive change in the world.

It’s easy to get started and we will have your back 365 days of the year. You can join here for a program or sign up to get a daily giving idea in your inbox and jump start your giving every day!

As we step into 2024, let’s commit to being happier, healthier, and filled with love. Embrace the power of giving every day, and together, let’s make the world a brighter and more compassionate place. We have a blast from the past with New Year’s inspiration from past years at 365give. Check out the posts below for more inspiration. Happy New Year!

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.”
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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)