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Forgot Grandparents Day? Give To Your Grandparents All Year

A give to your grandparents is important. Our grandparents are important people in our lives. Some of us do not have our grandparents with us, but there are many elders and seniors that deserve a give from us. If you are at work, you might be working with a senior, or have access to a host of retirees who have done your job. These important people can not only make your work day easier due to their invaluable experience, but they can be the recipients of your daily give! So look no further, if you missed Grandparents Day, you can give to a ‘grandparent’ any day of the year. Here is how to do this at work!

Elders and Seniors Who Work With You

These gives are great ways to see the value in the seniors and elders who work with you. If you think about it, our seniors and elders either went through WWII as children, or were fighting in the Vietnam War. They could have been protesters as well. They have been through way more than we have, and that wealth of experience should not be ignored. I personally treasure it. I could sit for hours and take in the stories of our elders. They are great at sharing not only history, but how they navigated change, how they dealt with economic ups and downs. How they bought their first house, and how they raised their family. For the seniors that work with you, or have retired, they have a slew of information that can guide you through work challenges in your industry or troubleshoot issues based on their experience. Their perspective is ritically important to all of us, and will shed light on situations that we thought were impossible to get out of or find a solution to.

Ask An Senior For Advice – They Have Seen A Lot!

Not sure how to deal with your boss, or a client as you have an experience at work that is new to you? Ask the advice of a senior at work or a retiree. Send off an email or take them out for coffee. Oddly, there are not a lot of new issues that crop up at work, they are just new to you! Asking for advice from someone who has seen a lot of potential issues, is the best way to give.

Take A Retiree Out For Coffee

There is nothing better than being seen and recognized for your contributions. Being retired can be hard. Retires are used to being productive, at the top of their game, and involved in their work. Some retirees miss the day to day hustle and bustle of the work place. Some have found a full life after they have retired. But what I do know is that they are always happy to participate in a coffee chat about work. Take a retiree out for coffee and have a chat. Both of you will feel happier!

Go For A Walk Together –  Give To Your Grandparents

Ask a senior at work to go for a walk with you for a much deserved break! Hopefully they have time! Listen to how their day is going and peak into their world while you walk. This is an amazing give not only because you both get outside for a walk and enjoy some fresh air, but you get to swap some stories and learn a bit about each other. Priceless.

Ask a Current Elder Employee or Retiree To Mentor You

Mentorships are the best way to get better at your job. Having someone on your team that has a bevy of experience to share is why mentorships work so well. Find someone in your company who is still working or retired who did a similar job to you, or did the job you aspire to, and see if they will mentor.

Celebrating Grandparents Day does not have to be with your grandparents. Anyone who is older than you, and at the age of a grandparent is just as important as giving to your grandparents. Their perspectives, history, stories and life experience are valuable to you. Listening to stories, experiences and how they navigate life is a great give for both of you.

Find more giving ideas that will serve you at work or home in our Happiness Headquarters daily email program. Some of these ideas are more suggestions so you can continue to give to your grandparents. If you love what we do sign up for a 365give membership and have more giving ideas at your finger tips.


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“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)