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Build Your Happiness Muscles By Giving Every Day

Have you ever started a workout routine with the intent to make yourself stronger, your muscles toned, and build a stronger body?

It’s not easy. It takes time, dedication and commitment to make that intention a reality.

Happiness works in a similar way. Like our muscles and what they do for us on a daily basis (walking, running lifting) we take happiness for granted. Somehow, happiness is  just supposed to show up, work for us and continue to be in our life without us really doing anything. Not so easy in our world as many of us have learned over the last six months. Happiness needs our attention. If we want it to work for us, show up each and every day, you need to dedicate time and practice to build your “Happiness Muscles”.

We have heard about so many different happiness work outs during Covid, but how you build your happiness muscle is easier than you think.  It’s a simple four-letter word.





I know what you’re going to say. “I don’t have time to give.”  or “I don’t have any money to give.” These excuses also seem to serve us well when we are looking to work out as well, but as we all know money and a lot of time is not needed to build your happiness muscles or your physical muscles. These myths are just a way for us to not get what we want. Like trainers say over and over again, no excuses. If you want something, go get it. Happiness needs the same mantra!

Giving Myth #1

You don’t need money. Giving is thought to be a financial donation, but true giving is a simple action that comes from your heart and gets done by your hands. Giving isn’t about spending money. It doesn’t have to cost a dime just a little time.

That leads us right into our giving myth #2 – time.

Giving Myth #2

  • Do you have time to buy a cup of coffee?
  • Do you have time to smile?
  • Do you have time to open the door for someone?
  • Do you have time to send a text?

Then you have time to give.

When we give our brains and bodies kick in giving us “The Helper’s High”. That’s right you get the feelings of happiness and little high. It’s easy to get going. This feeling is similar to the endorphins that kick in when you exercise.

Sit down and make a quick list. Just like you make a “to do” list for your chores, your work, your family or personal goals. If you really want to have strong Happiness Muscles it must become part of your everyday life. Just like brushing your teeth.

10 Easy Acts of Giving That Build Happiness Muscles

  1. Text message a note of gratitude to special friend in your life.
  2. Buy a coffee for the next person in line.
  3. Open the door for someone.
  4. Let someone in front of you in line while driving or at the grocery store.
  5. Smile at a stranger.
  6. Make an extra lunch and give it to a person living on the street.
  7. Have one day you go meatless.
  8. Buy from a local business.
  9. Bake cookies and leave them for your post person.
  10. Help a neighbour take out their trash.

There you go. This list can be your first 10 days of giving. Just call me your happiness coach that will get you started. We won’t leave you high and dry. if you want a happiness trainer just like you would like to have a personal trainer join our 365give community, for free, to get your happiness muscles working! Unlike your personal trainer, our happiness coaching is free. We will cheer you on, put you  on the right path and give you the necessary tools and ideas for every day of the year. Yes – that’s right 365 days of giving. So what are you waiting for? Start building your happiness muscles today.


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)