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Forgiving is Giving – A Simple Daily Give for Your 365give Challenge

Looking for a daily give idea? Forgiving is giving and one of the easier and powerful gives you can do. Forgiving is an intentional and voluntary process aimed at the actions of another person. They may have done something to hurt you, emotionally or physically, or simply been unkind or unthinking. However big or small, forgiving their actions can bring you happiness and be a simple give for the day.

A Simple Yet Powerful Give – Forgiving in Giving

Forgiving someone’s actions can be simple if the actions are small. Maybe someone cut in line at the store or took a parking spot you were heading towards. These actions will anger you, but if you choose to let it go, you are not only giving to the other person, you are creating your own happiness.

What Forgiveness is Not

Forgiving actions of others is not an acknowledgement that they don’t matter. It’s not excusing or pardoning the action. It is simply an act by you to let go of the grievance or judgement. If you let go of the action against you, you are freeing yourself from the anger that the action caused. You are freeing yourself to feel happiness and to give to others. This is the power of forgiving.

Science of Giving – Happiness Lies On the Other Side

By forgiving, you are giving. Giving makes us happy. It releases Dopamine, Oxytocin, Seratonin, and Endorphins – giving you a DOSE of happy every time you give. Who doesn’t want that? By forgiving another person, you are honoring yourself. It affirms to the universe that you deserve to be happy.

Forgiving is Good for the Soul

So next time someone jumps in the line, cuts you off, says something rude, try to forgive and forget and move on to your own happiness. You are giving to them by letting it go and you are giving to yourself by not holding on to a grievance. Forgiving is giving and is another step towards creating a ripple of happiness that moves slowly but surely around the worlds. Try it today, you might be surprised at how simple it is to create a bit of happiness.

Ready to start giving? Sign up for your 365give membership, a free membership for you, your family, class or workplace, and start giving every day. It will change 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)