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7 Gives That Build Social Connections and Strong Friendships

It’s World Friendship Day and we have some daily giving ideas that honour your friendships and build strong new connections. Try out these Gives That Build Social Connections.

The World Happiness Report tells us over 1 billion people are suffering from anxiety and depression all over the world. A key factor to staying mentally strong is having strong social connections and friendships. Giving back to people in simple ways retains and builds social connections, connections that make people happy and ultimately make you happy.

It’s what we love about giving. It gets you out into your community to meet new people as well as show your friends how much you care.  Giving is happiness in action!

Volunteer To Build New Community and Social Connections

Giving your time to help others is a great way to get out and meet new people all working for the common good of the world. Positive action creates more positivity in your life. Find a local charity that works together as team like a soup kitchen feeding the hungry or volunteer at a local community event.

Leave Positive Comments on Social Media

What better place to socially connect than social media.  Its as simple as starting a conversation by leaving a positive comment. The more you comment and follow positive people the more your social algorithms will load you social feed with more positivity. You could do this 365give every day of the week! Joining Facebook Groups are a great way to connect with like-minded people. Here you can engage in meaningful conversations right from your living room. LinkedIn  is known for building “tribes” and your very own or a #LinkedInFam. It all starts with an authentic connection and positive comments to build relationships.

 #YumYum Give Away Brownies for Bonding

What better way to share the love and give from the heart (to the taste buds) but some fresh bakes goodies (we have included a video recipe that will make you friends everywhere you go!) Bring them to the office or just drop them by a friend as surprise.

 Lean on Me Is A Great Give for Friends

We all have times in our life when we need a shoulder to cry on or a little extra support. Building friendships means being there in the good times and the bad. Make your daily give being there for a friend in need with an ear to listen and a shoulder to lean on.

Two Hands are Better Than One

Take a few minutes to help a neighbour today. It could be gardening, taking in groceries or carrying out the garbage. When we live close to be people it’s a great opportunity to build a neighbour-ly friendships by giving an extra set of hands.

Spend Time With A Senior

Spend some quality time with a senior. We will all get there one day and taking some time to help prepare meals, reading or stopping by for a cup of tea will go a long way to making an elderly person feel happy and you!

 Join the 365give Global Community #togetherisbetter

People that give together are happy together. Get some friends or family together and join the 365give Community. ( Take turns giving, share your stories together, go out and do some giving together. A community garbage clean-up, making sandwiches for those in need or a free lemonade stand on a hot day. Whatever your giving activities are it will keep you connected and create a bond of creating a better world together.

Being socially connected is what we are born to do right along with giving. It will activate all the good neurochemical feelings in your brain and body from dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin and your endorphins. Isolation and loneliness can lead to depression. Take the time to connect in a way no one can refuse – a simple daily give will go a long way.

Join the 365give community and share your daily giving with others while being inspired by global giving around the world.


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)