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Daily Gratitude Gives That Make You And Others Happy

These daily gratitude gives will have you feeling happy while at home, at school or at work. Taking just a few minutes to write, post, or show gratitude will increase your happiness and well-being through these daily giving ideas. Now how easy is that! Whether you are remaining at home during these extraordinary times, or are an essential worker (thank you) that keeps our cities working, you can brighten your day with one of these giving suggestions. They are so easy you might even want to do more than one!

“Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.” Amy Collette

What Is Gratitude Anyway?

Gratitude is being thankful and showing appreciation to someone or something. It is recognizing the good things that happen and being thankful for them. Studies have shown that gratitude shown internally or externally increases your sense of well-being. What does that mean? It means that using a gratitude journal that no one sees or the mere process of thinking about actions that your are grateful for is as positively powerful on your well being as sharing your gratitude publicly.  How’s that for options when completing your daily give. Think it or respond publicly, it is up to you.

I have to admit I do try to show my gratitude publicly. I find that showing others gratitude in a public way increases their well-being as well. Think about a time when someone wrote you a letter of gratitude. How did you feel? Happy. I bet you smiled as well. When my kids sent a letter of gratitude to the local fire department, thanking them to keeping our community safe, the entire firehouse, from firefighters to cleaning and admin staff, felt great! Sharing our gratitude with this team spread happiness further than just our own family. I find that powerful!

Feeling or Showing Gratitude is a Great Daily Give

Gratitude as a daily give is a super way to complete your weekly giving list. Start out feeling gratitude. Watch an interaction on the street that makes you smile. Start a gratitude journal where you write down one thing you are grateful for each day. This will get you in the habit of recognizing things we are grateful for on a day to day basis. Be grateful for the flowers in a public space. Be grateful that you have a job. Be grateful that there is food on the table. Be grateful for yet another day where you can participate in life, no matter what you are doing.

When you are comfortable with recognizing gratitude, start sharing your gratitude with others so you spread happiness beyond yourself. Some of us are shy and find this to be a bit of a step out of our comfort zone. That is okay, you always have grateful thoughts to keep the happiness going. But try, if not once, to show your gratitude to others. It could be a smile, a heartfelt thank you, or merely looking into someone else’s eyes so they know you see them.

Daily Gratitude Gives – Smile

This is a powerful gratitude give and so easy for us to remember. Smile at someone you dont know when they do something kind. I love to smile at a store check. It says thank you, and will make their day. Smile at a colleague who did something helpful for you. Smile at your kids, or spouse when they do a nice gesture at home. A smile says ‘I recognize your effort and thank you for it’.

Daily Gratitude Gives – Text or Social Media Post That Expresses Gratitude

Send a friend a text that shows your gratitude. Thank them for their ongoing friendship, their support, or being a friendly ear when you needed it. Social media makes it easy to share notes of gratitude either with a gif or a image that shows why you are grateful today.

Daily Gratitude Gives – Office or School Gratitude Wall

As some of us are going back to in person classes or returning to a physical office, finding a space on a wall to share gratitude notes can change the feeling in the space not only for you but for others as well. Start putting notes of gratitude up on a wall. Label it the gratitude wall if you find that helpful or just start putting up notes. Others will walk by and smile, and just might start participating in posting notes. During the height of the pandemic communities were putting up gratitude walls so we could safely share our gratitude with others as we social distanced.

Start Your Daily Giving Habit And Be Happier

Gratitude is just one way you can give to others and yourself to increase your happiness and well-being. Check out the 365give Challenge for yourself, your classroom or your workplace. Doing one daily give, every day, changes the world, one give at a time.

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)