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Flatten The Curve & Stay Happy

What the heck? How can we have a war on the corona virus by flattening the curve & stay happy? It is actually easier to flatten the curve when we do things to keep ourselves and others happy. Kindness, happiness, giving, being compassionate, helping others is a large part of our war against the COVID-19 and keeping ourselves happy and healthy. Governments are giving us critical information on how we can protect ourselves physically against the virus but communities are getting together to share ways to maintain our emotional and psychological health and keep happy alive!

Working on both flattening the curve and keeping ourselves happy is the greatest defense against COVID-19. The changes we have experienced in the last few weeks all over the globe is enough to drive us into the ground. Change is hard, radical change that disrupts our lives even harder, but not impossible.

So how can we stay happy as we flatten the curve through social distancing and isolation. How can we help our most vulnerable populations be less vulnerable during COVID-19?

Jamil Zaki, the author of The War On Kindness, Building Empathy In A Fractured World, has some good suggests on how we can stay socially connected during this time of social distancing. His research shows that during a crisis we do help each other, there is a Carnival of Compassion when disaster strikes. For temporary crisis this is true, for long term crisis it is up to us to keep our compassion, social connection alive to maintain our happiness.

So how do we do this? What are the best ways to give to ourselves and others for the long term as we shelter in place?

Intentionally Engage Online To Flatten The Curve & Be Happy

We have been saying that technology has been destroying our social fabric. Technology when used intentionally can be the catalyst to build our social fabric as we find ourselves isolated. Intentionally engaging through video chats as we go about our day to day activities at home will help us connect, check in on how people are doing and share the inbetween moments we normally share in person. Parents are starting to set up virtual play dates for their kids, people are chatting while they prepare meals in their kitchen. Families who are distanced from each other are having virtual dinner parties. Technology was used pre-COVID-19 to conduct formal interaction. Now we can give to each other by using technology to give through informal interaction.

Set Up a Virtual Meeting Place

Students are creating virtual dining halls, virtual dorm hang outs, online spaces that mimic their social interaction in person before they were sent home to shelter in place. As a happiness strategy these online meeting places are working, students feel connected, less isolated and can share their experiences like they did at school. Set up an informal online space and invite others to join in. This give will help people share their experiences, find a new balance in their lives and retain social connection while we socially distance ourselves.

Share Your Desire To Be Kind

Kindness is contagious (pardon the pun) and if we all share kindness, conduct small acts of giving in safe and responsible ways through virtual gives, as a country, as a community, we can get through this. We have supported the need and positive effects of giving for over a decade. We continue to support the need for global giving every day even during this crisis. If we all do one small give every day, online with our community, or offline with the people we are sharing our home with during lock down, we will come out the other side as better humans and a better society, proving that giving every day does change the world.

Start Virtually Giving To Keep Yourself and Others Happy

Need some more virtual giving ideas? We have some and hope you will share these ideas with others. Join our virtual daily giving ideas so you can remain socially distanced, but maintain your happiness. Heck we all need a daily DOSE of Happiness at the best of times, having more ways to find that happiness is what each of us needs right now.


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)