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Giving Back for 365 Days is Easy as 1-2-3

Embracing the spirit of giving can be a transformative experience. Imagine the impact we could make if each one of us committed to giving back every single day for an entire year. It might sound daunting, but giving back for 365 days is easy as 1-2-3 when you break it down into simple, manageable steps.

Create a Giving Mindset

The first step towards giving back for 365 days is cultivating a giving mindset. This means embracing empathy and understanding the needs of others. It’s about recognizing that even small acts of kindness can make a significant difference in someone’s life. Being grateful for everything in your own life encourages empathy for others. And giving is not just about monetary donations; it can be your time, skills, or even a simple gesture of kindness.

Begin each day with a positive intention to help someone, whether it’s a friend, a family member, a colleague, or a stranger. Acts of kindness, no matter how small, have a ripple effect. Your kind gesture might inspire others to do the same, creating a chain reaction of positivity and compassion. Remember, a giving mindset is not limited to specific occasions or seasons—it’s a daily practice that can become a way of life and it is easy once you get started.

Find Opportunities to Give Back

Once you’ve adopted a giving mindset, the next step is to actively seek out opportunities to give back. There are countless ways to make a difference in the lives of others. You could volunteer at a local soup kitchen, donate clothes to a shelter, mentor a young student, or simply lend a listening ear to someone in need. The key is to find causes or organizations that resonate with you personally.

Consider supporting local charities and community initiatives. By focusing on local efforts, you can directly witness the impact of your contributions. Get involved in neighborhood clean-up projects, food drives, or educational programs. Your active participation not only benefits others but also fosters a sense of community and togetherness.

You can also leverage the power of technology and social media to amplify your impact. Many online platforms connect volunteers with organizations in need. You can participate in virtual fundraisers, create awareness campaigns, or crowdfund for a cause you deeply care about. The digital age has made it easier than ever to contribute to global initiatives, supporting causes ranging from environmental conservation to healthcare access for underserved communities.

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Sustaining the Momentum

The third step in giving back for 365 days is sustaining the momentum. Feeling enthusiastic and motivated when you start your giving journey is natural, but consistency is key. Life can get busy, and challenges might arise, but it’s essential to stay committed to your goal of making a positive impact every day.

One way to sustain the momentum is by creating a giving calendar or setting a daily reminder on your phone. Plan your acts of kindness in advance, and make sure you have a list of ideas that you can draw from so you can be sure to be successful every day. Having a consistent approach ensures that you prioritize giving amidst your daily responsibilities. Additionally, involve your friends and family in your giving endeavors. Encourage them to join you in volunteering or contributing to charitable causes. Shared experiences not only strengthen relationships but also create a supportive network that sustains your enthusiasm for giving.

Make sure you celebrate your milestones – every week, every month, or whatever goals you set for yourself.  Acknowledge your achievements, however big or small, and celebrate with those around you who have helped you along the way. Celebrating your progress will reinforce your commitment and motivate you to continue giving every day.

A Daily Habit

After a short while, giving will become a daily habit, like brushing your teeth, and 365 days will be achieved with ease. The good feelings you get will keep you motivated and remind you that giving is now part of your life that you can’t live without. The whole world will benefit from your new habit and you can tell others that daily giving is easy as 1-2-3. You just have to get started.

365give has many resources to help you on your giving journey. Sign up for daily inspiration – delivered right to your inbox – read stories of giving from around the world, or look for ideas for your 365 day of giving.

And here is some more inspired reading to help your giving journey:

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Tammy was born and raised on the North Shore of Vancouver and has always believed in supporting the community. She spent years in non-profit work advocating for girls and women in sport and physical activity and then moved on to fundraising for Big Sisters. She currently works from home as a freelance writer while raising her kids. Always passionate about children and youth and giving back to the community, Tammy found a perfect fit with 365give.

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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.”
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“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.”
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