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Being Compassionate Increases Happiness – Give Everyday

What makes us happy? How does being compassionate increase happiness? We often ask this question to ourselves and spend time and time again seeking the answer to this question. You could be happy when you are listening to music that you really like or watch a nostalgic movie or even just spending some time outside. But happiness can also come from being compassionate and kind to one another. research has shown us over and over again that compassion and empathy are at the root of our happiness.

It is known that helping others and spreading kindness can not only spread joy to others but can also bring us happiness. Being compassionate is so much more than just kindness, but rather is the thoughtfulness behind each action that gives the action meaning and strength.

“A kind and compassionate act is often its own reward.” – William John Bennett

Compassion Can Come In Many Different Forms

Being compassionate to others would be helping those in need. This could be expressed monetarily, which is making donations to your local charity, or this could be through your time. Dedicating your time to support the causes you are passionate about and supporting people in need can help improve your mood and increase happiness as you can see the positive impacts of your actions. Who ever receives your act of kindness will also feel a similar increase in happiness!

Another way you could practice compassion is also by simply listening. At times, life can get overwhelming. Problems erupt, thoughts and anxiety fill our minds and as such, this can have negative effects on our mood and mental well-being. Therefore, by simply being there for the people around you, you can relieve the burden of others. The result is a happier state of being while relieving some stress for another. Both of you will feel empowered and a little lighter.  In turn, this action may be reciprocated towards you when you need it or passed forward to someone else. That is how giving works and compassion is learned and shared.

Lastly, showing compassion unto yourself can help you be happier too! Practicing compassion for yourself is an important form of compassion many should partake in. As you practice self-compassion, you learn to be kind to yourself, listening to your body and mind and understand what you may need to do to take care of yourself. In turn, this will allow you to prioritize your mental, physical, and emotional well-being. So take the time to ensure that you are eating right, exercising, and getting enough rest and sleep, because this could help restore some balance to your life and happier too!

Giving is A Way To Show Compassion To Others And Yourself

Being a compassionate individual not only makes the individuals who receive it happy but yourself too! Compassion allows us to form deeper connections with one another, creating this strong sense of belonging. This feeling of belonging can make us feel wanted, loved, and needed, which in turn, makes us feel happier with the lives we lead. These are just a few examples of how you can practice compassion within your community, to those around you and for yourself. However, if you would like to learn more ways to how you can be a more compassionate individual, check out 365give for more daily giving ideas. that will make you happier and help you maintain a great sense of well being.

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)