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Giving as a Proactive Strategy for Your Well-Being

When we use giving as a proactive strategy for our well-being, you will feel happier, part of your community, and positively effected yourself and others.

After the past few years, it’s easy to understand why many of us may be feeling less than fabulous. At 365give we are all about feeling good by doing good!

Being proactive means taking your happiness into your own hands with focused steps toward that nurture and look after your mental and spiritual needs. Let’s work together to make a proactive giving strategy that does just as much for our well-being as it does for others’.

It’s In The Small Things – A Proactive Strategy for Your Well- Being

365give is all about doing a little something for someone else every day. This could get awfully pricey if we were to buy gifts for people every day, so we have alternatives that are as impactful as giving gifts. The smaller things, the thoughtful actions really make a difference. It also lets everyone participate in a daily giving practice not just those who have some extra money to buy gifts or give donations.  A gesture of kindness towards a stranger will elevate your own mood, and that of the person who receives your thoughtful give.  Aren’t we all just wanting to feel good in our lives? Giving to others makes that happiness we are all looking for shine through!

Taking The Time to Listen

At work, home, or even when socializing with friends, it can be easy to get distracted – our thoughts can distract us or we distract others with our need to contribute to the conversation. Make an effort for one day or one whole week, to truly listen to what others are saying. Ask questions, dig deeper, allow the talker to feel heard. Even if they’re not saying something that seems particularly important or interesting to you – try it anyway and see how your interactions become more meaningful. Listening is possibly the best gift you can give another person and it’s completely free! If you’re lucky they may return the favour and closer friendships will be forged.

Give a Helping Hand to Someone You Love

This could be your friend, a neighbour you talk to, or a relative who has children (or fur-babies). We all appreciate a break sometimes. Giving someone you know a night off to go out, or a weekend to go away, without having to pay for a sitter, gives them an unexpected gift and a gift of happiness. The gift of your time will be helping someone who you care for and that feels wonderful. Bonus feel-good points; kids/pets can be lots of fun to be around if you plan some engaging games to play with them.

Make giving ideas part of your weekly or daily plans and see how your well-being benefits after just one give. Swing by and let us know how you’re getting on.

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)